5 minutes with...Dr Mike Civil Chair, RACGP Telehealth Taskforce

If you could cure one disease in your lifetime, which one would it be? 

Diabetes. The massive burden and prevalence of this chronic disease means that a cure would have a significant impact on so many other chronic diseases. 

What philosophical principle strongly informs the work you do?

The desire to honestly improve a patient’s quality of life by engaging with them in a position of trust and support. The opportunity to educate my patients and train junior medical staff in a caring and quality environment. 

The best book you ever read was? 

The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever, by Stephen R. Donaldson. An incredibly detailed and descriptive sci-fi/fantasy story – which is the ultimate in escapism for me.

Have you ever tried using a complementary or alternative therapy?

Meditation has been