WORKING as a teacher, specialist anaesthetist and pain medicine physician for 30 years has been an “incredible privilege” for Subiaco resident Lindy Roberts.
Dr Roberts (54) was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for her service to medicine and community organisations.
Starting as an intern at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane in 1989, Dr Roberts went on to pursue pain medicine training at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in 1996 and became a specialist anaesthetist and pain medicine physician in 1997, where she has remained since.
“I enjoy my involvement with patients, especially those who are vulnerable and those coming in for surgery who are anxious and need reassurance,” she said.
Dr Roberts began teaching and supervising in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine Resident and Registrar training in 1997.
“Teaching is in my blood – I had two grandfathers who were school headmasters, my grandma was a music teacher and two of my two sisters are doing post graduate studies in teaching,” she said,
“I’ve always grown up around people who are teachers and it was a natural progression to become involved in teaching and education as a result of that – I still teach in the day to day clinical practice and give various presentations.”
Dr Roberts has a long history with the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), which she previously lead as both President and council member.
She currently works as the Professional Affairs Director and Gender Equity Working Group leader for ANZCA.
“I realised I could make a difference, not just in state level, but also if I was involved at an international level in training and education in Australia and New Zealand so I went to join ANZCA,” she said.