My week in Instagram

It’s been a busy week at work. I’ve changed offices again. I started my clinical attachment at The Canberra Hospital and I’ve eaten out a bit.

After the last post when I revealed I’d reached 80.2 kg I thought I should revisit the single fillet of salmon again as an evening staple 😉

#dinner Salmon and vegetables with a honey soy flavour #yummy

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I did the salmon the way I normally do with a fry pan and lid and a 5 minute timer. I cooked the vegetables with a little soy and honey.


and again the next night…

#dinner salmon and vegetables #yummy

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Another small piece of salmon


I’ve been walking every day too

Good morning Mr Owl

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Mr Owl looks good at 0445 AEST with a black background of the night sky


In preparation for my clinical day a week I started reading some relevant documents.

Tea rather than coffee too 🙂


For reasons I won’t go in to, I was able to return to my old office area. The first thing I did was put up my flags. I felt immediately at home.

My two favourite places in the world. Queensland and the Northern Territory of Australia 🙂


On Friday I started my first day at The Canberra Hospital as an Honorary Visiting Medical Officer in Pathology. I decided I could walk to work from my DoHA car spot

My walk

So this is where I’ll be. Building 10.

My new Friday work place

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There is a lot of construction underway so it’s not possible to see the building from outside


It was a pretty good day. I really enjoyed getting oriented back into a clinical pathology set up. It was nice to speak with clinicians about patients and visit the mortuary and see the museum named after my friend and colleague, viz., Professor Peter Herdson. It was fantastic to get back into the lingo and to start thinking about the wonderful interface being a clinical microbiologist is between the patient in the ward and the vast technological brain power that rests in medical laboratory scientists and other practitioners. I love the technology of pathology. As I grew up in medicine, Professor John Kerr’s most profound comment was that pathology is medicine. If you understand pathology you will understand medicine. Truer words there are not. He also held a firm view that rigorous examination was the best way to produce a well rounded undifferentiated medical graduate who would be ready to learn more about how to heal the sick and teach others to become good practitioners of the art and science of medicine. I love that in pathology we extend our practice into the tactile of holding plates and loops, we can sense the aroma of our friends on the plates, we can see the bright colours of the wonderful chemical reactions in solid and liquid phases. We can stand before instruments worth hundreds of thousands of dollars that reduce the time from specimen reception to result delivery to hours instead of days. But best of all I love that we can take the complex and abstract and share a story with a referring and treating practitioner and help him or her heal their patient. Working in government bureaucracy for the last five years has taught me so many things, but I cannot love it like I love being in a laboratory surrounded by wonderful people and patient specimens, machines and most of all microscopes. Four days a week at DoHA and one day at TCH is a good balance.

Looks so much like Royal Darwin Hospital because it's the same design

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As I walked back to my car I was reminded that The Canberra Hospital and the Royal Darwin Hospital were designed in Canada and it was Prime Minister Gough Whitlam who sought to build hospitals in the two territories. The design may well have been good for Canberra but it was a disaster for Darwin. This is a multi-storey, air conditioned building with a furnace up the middle. Indigenous Australians in the Top End communities do not like heights, they don’t like the cold and why require a furnace in a building in subequatorial Australia. What the hell was Prime Minister Whitlam thinking? The best hospital design in the Northern Territory of Australia is the Katherine Hospital. One level, multiple wings with open flow through ventilation and lots of courtyards for patients to gather in along with their intravenous infusion stand and drugs. In Darwin, as much as I love the RDH (not the building itself, I love the people, I love the community, I love the family that is a hospital), it is unseemly to have all the Indigenous Australian patients feel like they have to mill outside on hot concrete with their intravenous infusion stands all because of a mistake from the 1970s.

The walk back had a little detour to capture that image
My walk back

On the walk back I passed by an excellent venue for a steak

A pretty good steak can be enjoyed here

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If you visit Canberra and want a nice bistro steak, the Hellenic Club is a good place for a meal.

This is the building I spend most of my week in

Scarborough House

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On Friday night I visited Bron’s place and we enjoyed another great meal and an episode of Game of Thrones.

#dinner Bron made a Wagyu steak and salad #yummy

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Wagyu steak and salad


#dessert lemon curd ice cream and white chocolate over fruit #yummy

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Fruit covered in white chocolate served with lemon curd ice cream



6 thoughts on “My week in Instagram

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  2. It’s really nice to hear about your passion for pathology. I have been visiting the doctor more often than I would like, recently, and am always having samples of this or that taken. I often wonder about the lucky recipient who gets to analyze them. Some of them must not be so pleasant to inspect, that’s for sure! It’s great that you still enjoy what you do.

    Just as I was starting to think your meals were looking healthier…the blog ended with a delicious looking bowl of ice cream and fruit, and the words white chocolate. lol. Baby steps? 🙂

    p.s. good on you for walking at 4.30am!!!! I’ve been for a few walks the last few days and it really is pleasant to walk… but I’ve been doing it when the sun is up.

    • Yes, weight loss should be gradual 🙂
      Pathology is where I feel most comfortable in terms of work. In Australia the quality of the pathology services is very high. The accreditation and quality management systems ensure patients have the best care possible across the country. Like any endeavour in healthcare, nothing is perfect; I believe the professional people working in pathology in Australia are the best in the world.

      • I actually just received a call from my doctor today telling me the results of my recent blood tests! (Yes, on a Sunday). Apparently my liver is skating on thin ice (not fair, really, since I’m essentially a non drinker) and I have high cholesterol. I shall have to start making the most of that gym at work in my split shifts…

          • Thanks. I think the worst thing with that is that I won’t really be able to see the results without going to the local chemist or the doctors again and getting a further check up on my levels. I went for another walk today around Lake Ginninderra and it was really quite pleasant.

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