By Abbey Cannan
Australia’s first indigenous ophthalmic surgeon is celebrating the hundreds of successful operations since opening his own private practice in Noosa one year ago.
As a proud Yuggera and Biri-Gubba man, Associate Professor Kristopher Rallah-Baker has made a permanent footprint in Noosa with his Sunshine Coast Ophthalmologists practice at Noosa.
“I am amazed at how quickly our first year has gone,“ he said.
“In that time we have delivered hundreds of successful operations to the people of Noosa and surrounds, fully renovated our rooms and delivered care to the highest standard.
“I am very proud of the team here at Sunshine Coast Ophthalmologists at Noosa and am grateful for the warm welcome and support from the community.“
Dr Rallah-Baker said the recent National Reconciliation Week theme of ’More than a word. Reconciliation takes action’ was important as it highlighted the reality of what could be achieved by working together.
“If it was not for the hard work of my parents and support of my school and University I would not have the privilege or being able to deliver the highest quality ophthalmic services to the people of Noosa and surrounds,“ he said.
“It was a collaborative effort between both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians that helped turn that young Aboriginal boy from Holland Park into who I am today and I hope that many others are able to dream the impossible and achieve their dreams.“
Practice manager Naomi Line said the team was so privileged to work alongside Australia’s first Indigenous Ophthalmologist.
“Proud is the first word that pops into mind,“ Ms Line said.
“Kris and I had a clear vision from day one, and to see it come together is a wonderful feeling. Our first year has flown by. It has been a truly positive and rewarding experience. We are so lucky to have the hardworking, friendly team we do. They have helped SCO become the successful business it is.“
Kris said he intended to be in Noosa for his entire career.
“Our staff all live locally on the Sunshine Coast and we believe in supporting the local community. Noosa deserves the best of care being delivered by locals to locals.“