Just what the doctor ordered

GREENS Senator Bob Brown couldn’t find an open Liberal Party office in 1968, or the Tasmanian Tiger in 1972, but in following the principles that led him to medicine he found his true calling.

Dr Brown was sailing the Pacific, working as an assistant ship’s doctor on the SS Northern Star, when he spied an advertised vacancy for a three-month stint as a GP in Launceston in Tasmania.

“I had always wanted to look for the Tasmanian Tiger,” he says.

“I had been fascinated by it since I was a kid. And they were flooding Lake Pedder at the time, which was something I was deeply interested in, so with the job opportunity as well I had three reasons to go.”

Having been born and raised on the NSW Central Tablelands, Dr Brown had the ‘cold country’ and bush background that made Tasmania feel like a second home. Three months soon turned into a decade of general practice in his adopted home state.