Congratulations to Dr Dan Wilson (MD 2017), who was awarded the Victorian Junior Doctor of the Year 2019 by the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria (PMCV) and Confederation of Postgraduate Medical Education Councils (CPMEC).
Dr Wilson is a Board member of the Rural Doctor’s Association of Victoria (RDAV), Chair of AMA Victoria GP Registrar Subdivision, and Non-Executive Director of Future Connect.
Having grown up in rural Kempsey, near Port Macquarie on the NSW coast, Dr Wilson always hoped to return to regional Australia after completing his studies in the city. He is deeply passionate about improving the delivery of healthcare for rural Australians and is currently working at the Ararat Hospital in Victoria, where he became the first and only fulltime doctor in January 2019.
Dr Wilson has a keen interest in chronic disease, medical education, women’s health and LGBTIQ+ sexual health.
Dr Wilson says he was floored and extremely proud to be announced as Victoria’s Junior Doctor of the Year 2019, but what drew him most to medicine was the human interactions. “You get people at their most vulnerable. It’s an experience I will always treasure.”
“It’s not universally true, but for people in the bush, where most people know each other, talking about sensitive topics like sexuality or gender identity can be a bit more confronting because it’s not a common topic you’d share beyond your own bedroom. And there’s so much stigma around being hepatitis or HIV-positive.”