Dr Peter Barker is the 2019 recipient of the Peter Graham ‘Cohuna’ Award from the RDAA and ACRRM.
This award recognises a practitioner that has provided outstanding advocacy and medical service to their community. The award’s namesake, the late Dr Peter Graham, worked in Cohuna for nearly 50 years.
Peter has been a Rural Generalist in Cohuna for over 35 years. During that time he has supported Cohuna and surrounding area by delivering over 2000 babies and adminstering up to 5000 general anaesthetics for local surgical operations and procedures.
A message from Peter follows, as provided by RDAA:
I am immensely honoured to receive this Award, particularly given it is presented annually in memory of a great colleague and friend, Dr Peter Graham. Peter and I had a great working relationship over many years.
I loved that ‘Doc and Annie’ – as we called Peter and his wife – always welcomed visiting doctors for a meal and a shared wine. Doc would extract all the latest thoughts on new procedures and medications from you whilst he fed you fresh caught yabbies or a wild duck.
We always started the day with a ward round of all the patients in the hospital – a tradition I have continued.
It was always a time to back up your thoughts on patient management with a recent journal article or be challenged – and this remains a great teaching tradition for Cohuna.
I am immensely grateful that, 35 years ago, I chose Cohuna as the town in which to really begin my career in Rural Medicine. It is a great town, with great people, and I couldn’t have been any happier working as the local doctor here.