'Father of rural practice' returns, five years after horrific head injury

One of the father figures of rural general practice is back at work, five years after being deregistered following a horrific head injury.

Dr Jack Shepherd (pictured), the founding president of ACRRM, regained unconditional registration in June after completing eight weeks of supervised work in Gilgandra, Western NSW.

And he says the rebound wouldn’t have been possible without the generosity and support of the former RACGP GP of the year, Dr Patrick Giltrap, who supervised his placement.

The 73-year-old is credited with writing much of the