Dr Rhys Harding — Embracing remote medicine in the extreme
Doctor Rhys Harding has obtained extraordinary medical experience for a young doctor by throwing himself into the deep end in some of the most remote places on Earth. From Nepal to the volcanic southern Vanuatu island of Tanna, to a stint for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Rhys has lived the dream of working as a solo doctor, with all the variety and challenges that that entails.
He’s now finishing up his rural and remote specialty training in the indigenous community of Nhulunbuy in East Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. But none of those places compares to his most challenging assignment. It was during his 18-month trip as a solo physician in Antarctica, responsible for everything from surgery to counselling, that Dr. Harding really found his feet.