Catching up with the Councillors
In our continuing series of light and friendly profiles of members of the AMA Federal Council, Australian Medicine talks to Council Chair Dr Beverley Rowbotham.
AM: What are you reading right now?
BR: I have just finished The Lost Man by Jane Harper. She writes terrific thrillers set in the Australian outback. This is the best yet. Before that I had read Outline by Rachel Cusk. This is an interesting style of storytelling where the narrator is invisible and the story unfolds from conversations she has with others. I am interested enough to read the rest of the trilogy.
AM: What music do you like?
BR: Indie rock – my son is an indie rock musician.
AM: Your favourite holiday destination?
BR: Noosa, Queensland. Perfect any time of the year.
AM: Your favourite meal?
BR: Asian Australian fusion – with chips.
AM: Favourite drink?
BR: Our friends make wine at Ballandean in Queensland. The label is Bent Road. It is terrific – at last we have the right vines planted for Queensland conditions. And coffee – Neighbourhood Coffee Roasters at Albion in Brisbane.
AM: What team/s do you follow?
BR: Australian Men’s test cricket – we can rebuild! Queensland league teams, and any team Wayne Bennett is coaching.
AM: Why medicine?
BR: It is the sweet spot – interesting and useful, the meeting place of science and the humanities.
AM: Why the AMA?
BR: To be a doctor is to be a member of a tribe. It is a specific calling and way of life. And the AMA is the natural home of the tribe. I have met terrific people at the AMA – doctor colleagues and the fantastic people who manage our policy – who are passionate about good medicine and good careers for doctors. That is worth defending.
Published: 04 Dec 2018