New Anaesthetist Enjoys Rural Change At PDH

Dr Jun Parker - Anaesthetist
Wednesday, 2 August 2017
Anaesthetist Dr Jun Parker has worked all around Australia but his experiences in Western Victoria have inspired his appointment at Portland District Health.

Dr Parker has experience working in many rural and remote communities, from Queensland to Tasmania and from New South Wales to Western Australia, but when he heard that PDH needed an anaesthetist he was quick to respond.

“After undertaking postgraduate training at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, I moved to Western Victoria for general practice and anaesthetics training. I have worked in Lorne, Airey’s Inlet, Bannockburn, Ballarat and Hamilton,” he said.

The job at Portland came about through recommendations Dr Parker received from Hamilton.

“I enjoyed working in different parts of rural Australia but I decided to come back here and take on this position in Portland.” he said.

“It‘s a way of saying thanks to the Western Victorian community for its part in training me up to where I am now.”

Dr Parker has always enjoyed rural and remote medicine. He studied medicine at James Cook University in North Queensland which has a strong focus on rural, remote and Indigenous health and he also helped establish a rural generalist training program in Japan.

“I appreciate the joys and challenges of rural medicine and I’d like to show young doctors that rural health can be a fulfilling and interesting career.”

Dr Parker was born in Japan and graduated from high school in Adelaide.  “I’ve lived in Australia longer than I have in Japan,” he said.

Dr Parker’s main role at PDH will be in anaesthetics but he will also work as a general practitioner at Active Health Portland and he has training in palliative care.

“Anaesthetics are where the health needs of the community are but I enjoy all aspects of medicine,” he said.

CEO Chris Giles said the recruitment of Dr Parker returns PDH to its full complement of three anaesthetists to provide 24-7 cover for emergencies, obstetrics and general surgery.

He joins Dr Peter Reid and Geoff Hool on PDH’s anaesthetics roster.

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