Welcome to the next edition of “Blugibbon Bites”, a series chatting with some of our regular gp locum Doctors, delving beyond the clinical façade and showcasing the human behind the stethoscope.
Up this week is Dr Alistair Don, working as a GP Locum Doctor across rural and remote Australia.
Alistair was referred to Blugibbon through a GP colleague in 2016 and has since seen the most unique and beautiful parts of this country while working as a locum, particularly the Northern Territory, regularly returning back home to his young family in Melbourne.
While flying the flag for Blugibbon in the Northern Territory, he highlights Maningrida as his most memorable locum doctor experience, describing it as a welcoming community with challenging medicine and a visually stunning location. So much so he has returned four times since his first visit.
Alistair can attribute some of his success as a Doctor to a mentor that he worked with back in Fitzroy, Melbourne at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service.
The senior GP was originally from Ireland, and left there after witnessing the horror of “The Troubles”. Despite this, he had an innate ability to communicate effectively with any and every person that he encountered in a laid-back manner, including his patients, leading to him to be able to treat almost anything that was presented (on top of this he was a great musician too).
Outside of medicine is where you will find our favourite fact about Alistair, his immense Ultimate Frisbee skill!
Representing Australia at the sport, this endeavour has seen him train hard, travel and compete at the highest level.
He was due to go to the World Championships this year until COVID-19 had other plans. Regardless of this setback, he loves the teamwork involved and has slowed down slightly but still committed to the Ultimate Disc cause.
If you too want to see more of Australia while working as a GP locum doctor, get in touch with Blugibbon today 02 8960 6445