Dr Andrew Peacock
Medical Director, Expedition and Wilderness Medicine Australia
Based in Noosa, Queensland, Andrew works as a locum in Emergency Care and occasionally in General Practice. He is also an award winning photographer, adventurer and an educator in his role as the Medical Director of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine Australia.
In between trips, this 1991 BM BS (Hons) graduate was able to spare a few minutes to chat on a recent trip to Adelaide to visit family and friends, and to speak about his upcoming Antarctica photographic journey in December 2018.
So what exactly is Expedition and Wilderness Medicine and how did he get involved?
Andrew explains, “It is relatively new to think of it as a distinct area of medicine. It can involve anything from working as a doctor on an Antarctic cruise ship to participating as a full climbing member of a team trying to summit a Himalayan peak. Medical knowledge and skills are applied in remote environments with little in the way of back up.”
“My ‘career’ in medicine changed when I did a rock-climbing course at the end of my first year surgical residency in the US, and I was immediately hooked.”
Andrew admits he has been fortunate “there isn’t much in the way of well-paid opportunities.” He adds “I have been lucky to move into teaching specialised expedition medicine courses. It affords me ongoing exposure in that area.”
Now a professional adventure travel photographer, Andrew has been perfecting his craft since discovering a penchant for it as a teenager. He took a year off medical studies and documented his travels in Europe while competing in the Junior World Kayaking Championships.
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