Emergency Department intern takes on his next adventure

A man wearing theatre scrubs stands in a room with medical equipment.
FSH medical intern Anthony Gadenne in the Children’s Emergency Department.
February 12, 2020

With a wealth of life experiences under his belt, Anthony Gadenne is set to add doctor to his resume.

Mr Gadenne was in the Australian Army for 20 years, mostly in the Special Air Service (SAS), before working as a paramedic at St John Ambulance then studying medicine at Notre Dame University.

Serving in the SAS, initially as a soldier then as a medic, took him to East Timor, Afghanistan, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea to help rebuild communities, including in remote areas.

Mr Gadenne said his previous service with people from varied backgrounds and walks of life would be useful in his current rotation in Fiona Stanley Hospital’s Emergency Department.

“Understanding that people come here with different backgrounds and points of view is an important part of caring for them,” he said.

“I am enjoying helping people with a range of conditions in a large-scale emergency department, but I’m also interested in practising in rural areas in the future.”

Outside of work, Mr Gadenne has volunteered for the Australian disaster response group Backpacker Medics following the 2015 earthquake in Kathmandu in Nepal and in Bangladesh during the Rohingya refugee crisis.

This year South Metropolitan Health Service welcomed 113 new medical graduates, many with diverse backgrounds including pharmacy, engineering, nursing, allied health and state emergency services.

The oldest graduate is aged 50, and the youngest 22.

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