Postcards from the edge

DR CATH Deacon thrives on hostile conditions. Whether dodging mortar shells in war-torn regions while working for the international medical aid agency, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), or being dodged by penguins in Antarctica in temperatures of -40°C, Dr Deacon never settles for the mundane.

The 44-year-old, originally from Melbourne but now living in Hobart, has maintained a career balance that has combined treacherous adventure with challenging exploration. Her constant is the rewards of humanitarian work and travel.

Dr Cath, as she is commonly known to colleagues and patients, is a stalwart of