DOCTOR Augustus Kigotho, 58, has had somewhat of a scenic tour from when he started his medical training in Nairobi, Kenya, until he arrived in Gladstone two weeks ago.
Dr Kigotho has taken up the role of head of Gladstone Hospital's emergency department - the first time in memory that the hospital has had a fully qualified specialist in emergency medicine as the department's head.
He has transferred to Gladstone from Ipswich, where he was a senior lecturer of the University of Queensland's school of medicine - a position he still holds - and also examiner for second and final year emergency medicine students.
Dr Kigotho's scenic tour, as he calls it, has taken him to hospitals in Swaziland, where he studied orthopaedics and trauma surgery, Australia's Bundaberg in 2003, Canberra a year later, where he completed his specialist training in emergency medicine and intensive care, and then to Ipswich.
He is married to Susan, and the couple have a 21-year-old son, Al who is studying in Brisbane.
One of his major aims is to establish the hospital's emergency department as a training facility, while providing excellent service to patients who visit the department.
He has high hopes that the department will soon be accredited to allow that to happen.
This will mean interns, students and registrars will be able to train in Gladstone under his tuition.
"By doing this my hope is that we will be able to recruit some excellent doctors, and retain them into the future," he said.
Dr Kigotho is also keen to improve the interface between general practitioners and the department, and he plans to meet with GPs as soon as possible.
Outside of medicine, Dr Kigotho is a keen golfer. He was once on a single figure handicap.
And his future plans?
"I plan to be here for the long haul - at least five years, or until Jesus calls."
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