by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow
A familiar face, has re-joined the Medical Clinic Millicent,with the return of Dr June Koh who spent the last 12 months at the Mt Gambier Hospital training in anaesthetics; with the intention of returning to the Millicent Clinic, she said. Since Dr Paul Angus departure, the Clinic has been with-out an anaesthetist so Dr Koh’s new skills are particularly welcome.
Dr Koh said today that Dr Angus had been instrumental in her decision to add anaesthetics to her career at a time when she was deciding on additional skill training. She was previously at the clinic during 2011-12 for her General Practice Training.
“I knew nothing about anaesthetics when I began my training and it was a steep learning curve but I soon began enjoying the training and I love anaesthetics now. I am so pleased to be a fully credentialed anaesthetist. It means that I can work as a GP Anaethetist anywhere in Australia, but I have chosen to return to Millicent because I loved it when I was here before and I want to work in a rural practice. I knew and liked the doctors and the nurses at the hospital and am really enjoying it back in Millicent. Patients have welcomed me too.”
Dr Koh continues to work two days a week at the Mt Gambier hospital in anaesthetics and 3 days at the Medical Clinic Millicent. She has also joined the Clinic’s hospital roster so she will be seen around the hospital on a regular basis.
Dr Koh lives in Mt Gambier and car pools with her husband, who works at Hamilton Hately & Associates, on days that they both need to travel to Millicent.
It is the combination of clinic and hospital work that attracted Dr Koh back to Millicent. She has a contract with the Medical Clinic with the right to renew.
Dr Koh was born and raised in Malaysia and on her last trip back she was pleased to see so many positive changes in her home town off Penang. The political change over the past five years has been a very positive thing for Malaysia. “Sometime change takes time but I could see it immediately. The streets were cleaner and the buildings are being restored, I was happy to see this.”
“ I am also very happy to be back in Millicent.”
Practice Manager Anne Bierwirth said the clinic is very pleased to have Dr Koh back and patients have given her a warm welcome. Ms Bierwirth said the clinic is constantly recruiting, but the loss of hospital services makes it very difficult; doctors want to work where they can use their skills.
Dr Angus said he leaves having made such good friends…….
Dr Paul Angus – one last coffee
Midway through last year 2013, Medical Clinic Millicent Partner Dr Paul Angus and his wife Dr Jane Thiel announced their decision to leave Millicent and move to Adelaide. They were farewelled with a lunch at the Clinic just before Christmas.
Dr Angus spoke with 5THE FM/wattlerangenow, saying he wanted to say goodbye and thank you to the community that had made his family so welcome for the past 11 years.
“We have had a wonderful 11 years and have enjoyed it immensely. We have all enjoyed our time here and while we are sad to leave, it was the right time to do so for a number of family reasons and we are excited about the future,” he said.
” I have had the chance to say good bye to my patients and make sure they are now being taken care of by other doctors here at the Clinic.”
“I have really enjoyed working with the Partners, doctors and staff at the Clinic and am very positive about the future of the Clinic. Some fantastic new doctors are coming in the new year, and that is really exciting.”
“The Clinic has an excellent record in training students and junior doctors and I’m sure that will continue.”
“One of my portfolios here at the Clinic was our recent application for Accreditation, and I am so proud that the Clinic has received such a positive outcome in that process.”
Dr Angus grew up in Adelaide and gained his medical degree from Flinders University, in Adelaide, in 1994.
Since then he has worked / trained in Adelaide, Perth and Darwin, completing hospital training in many aspects of medicine and surgery, as well as 2 years full time training in Anaesthetics, leading to the completion of a graduate diploma in rural health. Dr Angus also completed some of his rural general practice training in South Australia’s Riverland region.
Dr Jane Thiel and Dr Paul Angus
In 2003, Paul moved to Millicent as a GP / Anaesthetist, with his wife Jane and their daughter. Since then, two more children have been added to the family, making life just that little bit more hectic!
Dr Angus said he enjoys most aspects of general practice, but has a a particular interest in anaesthetics and emergency care. He is an accredited instructor for Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS) and spends his time between theatre and consulting.
Pastimes include cycling, photography, camping, hiking and any type of holidays with family are a priority. Crows are his team of choice.
Dr Angus has joined the Bridge Clinic at Murray Bridge.
Dr Jane Thiel studied medicine at Flinders University in South Australia, and graduated in 1994. She has spent time working in Adelaide, Perth, Darwin and the Riverland in SA. She moved to Millicent with her husband and daughter in 2003. Her special interest in medicine is women’s health but enjoys all aspects of general practice. She enjoys spending time with her family, travelling and gardening. She has 3 young children. Dr Thiel worked at the Medical Clinic Millicent on a part time basis and will continue to practice in Adelaide.
Both doctors said they had thoroughly enjoyed their time in Millicent but have family in Adelaide and are looking forward to spending more time with them. They would like to extend their gratitude to the Millicent community who welcomed them and their children so warmly, making it a time of their lives they will always remember and cherish. They leave having made many new friends and with some incredible memories.