HAPPY AT HOME: Dr Alison Kirby (right) reads a patient’s chart.
HAPPY AT HOME: Dr Alison Kirby (right) reads a patient’s chart. Amelia Ahern

Doctor’s heart beats for Emerald

FOR Dr Alison Kirby there really is no place like home.

She grew up on a cattle property near Springsure and, after studying medicine at JCU in Townsville and practising in Mackay, she is working at Emerald Hospital.

"I have always loved this area," Dr Kirby said.

"It's fantastic to be back."

Dr Kirby is enjoying the wide scope of practice rural medicine offers.


"I'm enjoying the range of clinical cases you get to see," she said.

"In big hospitals you work in a certain area… so you will either only see paediatrics or obstetrics.

"The variety we get here is just phenomenal."


She said that being a local was an advantage for the job.

"If someone has had a quad bike accident or falls off a horse then I understand that," she said.

"I see lots of people in the hospital that I have known all my life."

Dr Kirby is passionate about her work and is continuing to develop.

"I am a rural generalist trainee... training to be a specialist in rural medicine," she said.

"As part of that you do an advanced skill and my advance skill is anaesthetics."

Emerald hospital was a supportive environment, she said.

When asked if she was planning to stay for a long time, Dr Kirby responded with "absolutely".

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