Tsunami was GP’s toughest challenge

DR ‘VLAS’ Efstathis, a Queensland GP and team leader of the 2004 tsunami relief effort in Banda Aceh, has been named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to community health and to medicine as a practitioner. 

An Ipswich GP since 1972, Dr Efstathis (pictured in Banda Aceh) was a keen Australian Defence Force reservist and St John Ambulance office bearer, but the tsunami recovery work in Indonesia was “the most challenging task I’ve