Refugee to GP: Artist Dr Minh Phan reflects on his journey

Dr Minh Phan reflects on his arrival in Australia as a refugee and how it shaped his life and art.

"I’m 40 years old on paper and my birth date is listed as 1 January, but in real life I’m 43. I’m a Vietnamese boat person. Parents would say kids were two or three years younger so we would have a few extra years to catch up on our education.

I arrived in Australia as a seven-year-old in 1980, with my father and older brother. Our first stop was a centre for migrants in Melbourne’s