Ian has break from busy ward
By LEE McIVORlmcivor@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
BEING in the spotlight is not something Dr Ian Mottarelly is comfortable about.
He is truly one of our region's quiet achievers.
Dr Mottarelly has been the medical superintendent of the Gladstone Hospital since 1989 and is taking 12 months off, his first extended break in those 17 years.
Throughout his formative years it was never questioned that he would become a professional with a university education.
The only decision was which profession and for Dr Mottarelly that was easy ? medicine.
"My plan was always to be a country GP.
"I had a state government scholarship which got me through uni and bonded me to the public health system for six years afterward.
"So I started out in Moranbah working as a GP in general practice and part time at the hospital, following an internship in Cairns.''
The hospital system won out and Dr Mottarelly moved around the state for the next few years working at different hospitals.
"Obstetrics became my special area of interest.
"There have been many memorable moments here in Gladstone,'' he reminisced.
"Of course they all relate to individual patients and particularly those in obstetrics.''
His love of obstetrics is apparent throughout the hospital.
"A special side of Dr Mottarelly comes out when he interacts with mothers and babies,'' explained Sandy Munro, the district director of nursing.
"He has a very relaxed and warm approach which they just love and respond to,'' Ms Munro said.