Dr Ann Buchan is an RVTS registrar working as a GP at the Ochre Medical Centre on King Island, Tasmania…but as well as being a wonderful doctor, she’s also a poet!

At RVTS’s face-to-face workshop in September, she shared a great poem with us about the GP training journey with RVTS and what it means to be a rural or remote doctor.

We liked it so much we’ve reproduced it here.

But first, a bit about Ann…

Ann graduated from the University of Melbourne and completed her training at both the Melbourne Royal Hospital and Repatriation General Hospital Heidelberg.

She has over 30 years of experience working in general practice, initially as a solo practitioner in Victoria and then on the Sunshine Coast for 18 years.

While practising in Victoria, she worked in women’s health, including a breast clinic at Freemasons Hospital and Mornington Women’s Health Clinic.

During her time in Queensland, she also gained experience working in a rural setting.

Seeking a lifestyle (and scenery) change for herself and her family, Ann moved to King Island.

Ann’s professional interests include medical education and learning, chronic health and women’s health, with an emphasis on rural medicine.

Ann received the Tasmanian Outstanding Palliative Care Professional Award for 2022, which is awarded by Palliative Care Tasmania – the award is wonderful recognition of her dedication in serving the King Island community.

Ann’s interests outside Medicine include gardening, textiles, literature, spending time with her husband and keeping up with her several sons, stepsons and many grandchildren…

…and writing poetry of course!

Scroll down to read Ann’s poem from the face-to-face workshop.

The rugged King Island coastline (photos by Rod Long on Unsplash).

The rugged King Island coastline (photos by Rod Long on Unsplash).

Poem by Ann Buchan