In times of crisis, GPs can be natural leaders

AS the devastation and human tragedy of the Queensland floods continues to unfold, down in Marysville, Victoria, GP Dr Lachlan Fraser can empathise more than most.

In early 2009, Dr Fraser lost both his home and practice in the Black Saturday bushfires, and knows well the hard road that Queensland communities now face.

It is nearly two years since the bushfires swept through the state, claiming 173 lives and destroying thousands of homes.

“We still haven’t fully recovered,” he told MO, noting the psychological and social effects of the natural disaster are ongoing.