Dr Patrick Dwyer — Transforming Regional Training
Taking the skills he learned in the city to a new environment, Dr Patrick Dwyer is a prime example of how one individual doctor can make a huge impression in a regional setting. He’s dreamed of living the regional lifestyle since childhood, and by way of placements in Central Queensland, has spent the last decade working in radiation oncology at Lismore Base Hospital. This father-of-triplets says he’s chosen radiation oncology as a career because he thrives on the face-to-face patient contact. He says he has become a better clinician through the generalist nature of cases he has encountered, and through the mentorship of senior specialists. But just as importantly, he’s given back to his chosen community, by initiating a successful move to accredit Lismore as a radiation oncology teaching hospital.