By Jaqui O’Donohoe

John has recently retired after 31 years as an Obstetrician Gynaecologist in Wodonga. In 2011, he took a year’s leave from his practice to teach at the Fiji School of Medicine in Suva. During this time, he was astonished to see how much second-hand medical equipment was trashed because the biomedical engineers at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital did not have the funding or support to repair or maintain the equipment.

John’s involvement with Rotary was through Donations in Kind (DIK), as he was looking for a solution to send some second-hand medical equipment to Papua New Guinea. By teaming up with DIK, he was able to solve the issue by piggybacking the equipment on a container destined for PNG. At the same time, he was introduced to the world of Rotary, and in his words, “its impactful projects and fabulous energy.”

John‘s early ambition as a Rotarian is to try and list the medical equipment available at DIK so that needy hospitals can shop online and better meet their needs. He believes this might require setting up a database and a user-friendly website.

A love of the outdoors, John can be found bush walking, riding his mountain bite, fly-fishing or skiing. He is a keen reader and has an emerging interest in birding.

Inducted to the Melbourne Passport Club on 8th September this year, John is still learning about Rotary and the club’s virtual meetings.

Welcome to Rotary John!