Dr Lucinda Thatcher
Previously she worked at Waikohu Health Centre as part of a Rural Hospital Medicine training programme. Overseen by the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners, the programme aims to prepare doctors for work in rural hospitals where a “jack-of-all-trades” proficiency is needed.
The four-year programme was launched in 2008 and Lucinda was in the first intake of doctors accepted for training. For Lucinda, who has worked in a variety of hospitals in New Zealand, the programme was a perfect fit for her long term career goals.“I enjoy hospital work and general practice, as opposed to being passionate about, and specializing in, one area of health. So when this training turned up it was exactly what I was looking for.”
When Lucinda isn’t working she enjoys being mum to her two children, running, farming, cultivating bonsai trees, and working in her garden.