Dr Frans Badenhorst from Whitsunday Doctors Service took out the title of best GP in the Whitsundays. Picture: Supplied
Dr Frans Badenhorst from Whitsunday Doctors Service took out the title of best GP in the Whitsundays. Picture: Supplied

GP recognised for kindness and dedication in community

FOR Dr Frans Badenhorst, the decision to become a doctor was simple.

"It gives you the opportunity to help other people," he said.

Dr Badenhorst took out the title of the best GP in the Whitsundays in the Whitsunday Times, Whitsunday Coast Guardian and Bowen Independent online poll.

He was nominated by several residents who said his dedication and kindness earned him the crown.

Dr Badenhorst works at Whitsunday Doctors Service in Proserpine and keeping the wellbeing of the patient and their family front of mind was an integral part of being a doctor.

"It is a very satisfying feeling to have a good outcome and a happy patient, but also to know that when the outcome was bad, one was able to support the patient and their loved ones," he said.

 

 

Dr Badenhorst began his studies at the University of the Orange Free State in South Africa.

He stayed in South Africa after receiving his degree and worked in a practice from 1984 to 2001 before relocating to Australia.

Dr Badenhorst has been with Whitsunday Doctors Service since January 2002 but said this year had thrown the most curveballs yet.

"(This year) has been a challenging year, but our local community has been very responsible and supportive to the changes we had to make to our practice," he said.

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"Although we have been very fortunate in being spared severe physical suffering from COVID-19, I am concerned about the increase in mental conditions that are emerging."

However, Dr Badenhorst believed the generosity of the Proserpine community that he had seen through his involvement with the Uniting Church and the squash club as well as in the practice and at the hospital would go a long way in helping residents get back on their feet.

"I hope that I can make a small contribution in helping to reduce the suffering in our community," he said.


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