Last year, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners named Port Lincoln-based doctor David Lam as the nation’s General Practitioner of the Year.
Lam provides healthcare services to the remote community of Port Lincoln in a primary care setting as well as at the Port Lincoln Hospital.
In his award speech, Lam likened doctors fighting death to the lead characters in the television series Game of Thrones.
"Just like the heroes in that final season of that hit TV show Game of Thrones, we as GPs fight death itself," he said.
"In this sense we will only survive through teamwork and working and looking after each other. While on the other hand, greed and egos are the death of this profession and the death of our patients.”
In the 12-months since, driven by his desire to help others, Lam said he was among the frontline workers caring for patients amid the State’s bushfires and in areas of coronavirus exposure.
He has also released a free medical education podcast called GP Lyf Hacks to educate students and doctors while medical schools were closed and face-to-face teaching stopped as a result of the pandemic.
A lecturer and the Rural Medicine Coordinator at the University of Adelaide School of Medicine, Lam said he was passionate about educating and training student and junior doctors.
He said he hoped through his work they would choose to practise in rural areas where services were scarce.