WORKING towards making history for the Rockhampton Hospital during the past year and three months, Dr Enasio Morris was proud to see his goal become a reality yesterday.
Originally from Fiji, the Director of Emergency welcomed the news that the hospital's Emergency Department had been accredited as an advanced training provider by the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine.
That standard recognises quality of staff, risk management, administration systems and the number of mix cases that come through the door.
Dr Morris was proud of the achievement by the entire ED, including doctors, nurses, clinical support and administrative staff who had worked tirelessly to receive the result.
"I have really enjoyed my time here so far," Dr Morris said.
"What I love about the emergency department is the variety of patients you see and the case mix is very interesting." Having completed his medical training 20 years ago in New South Wales, Dr Morris has specialised in ED for the past three years.
"What motivated me to become a doctor was that I had relatives who were doctors, and Fiji is not really a well-developed country, so I wanted to help my community," he said.
The Rockhampton Hospital's ED sees more than 50,000 people a year.
For the first time in many years it has a full team of full-time senior doctors, including five emergency medicine specialists and six senior medical officers, Dr Morris said.
"The Emergency Department is not 'our'; it belongs to the community and they can and should be very proud of the service we provide," he said.
140 people are seen each day at Rockhampton Hospital's ED
That calculates to over 50,000 people a year