Tassie GP retires 'unexpectedly' aged 92

'It has been a privilege working here,' says Dr Ralph Peters, of over 50 years with his community

Tasmania’s oldest working GP, Dr Ralph Peters, has retired aged 92, a decision brought on by an "unexpected" health problem.

His departure comes hot on the heels of the retirement of fellow long-serving New Norfolk GP Dr Micheil Sweet, who gave up working earlier this month, aged 89.

Between the two of them, they amassed 111 years practising in the Derwent Valley, earning them both the Medal of the Order of Australia for their service to the community.

South-African-trained Dr Peters arrived in the historic town, 35 minutes from Hobart, more than five decades ago as a resident medical officer for the New Norfolk Hospital in 1968.

He delivered babies and attended to emergencies, becoming a GP in 1972.

On news of his surprise retirement this week, grateful patients posted messages of support and thanks on Facebook.


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