David and Anita Cory are well known in Murchison, with David the only doctor for many years before the medical clinic was taken over by Dr Leslie and Dr Furphy. David grew up in North Caulfield, graduated from Melbourne University in 1973 and after GP training in Melbourne, Swan Hill and London he moved to Murchison in 1983 with his family. He then spent the following 24 years working in Murchison and Tatura, with his special interest being geriatric medicine.
David originally wanted to become an agricultural scientist, but talked into studying medicine by his Biology teacher, who believed that medicine would be the best start. Once qualified, he wanted to become a country doctor and a friend living in the Goulburn Valley advised there was an opening up here, so David and Anita moved to Murchison
When asked about his time working as a doctor in the area, David admitted the hardest part was getting up during the night and having to drive so much to help his patients. Back then it was not unusual for him to have up to eight call outs a night! David found the most rewarding part of his job was delivering babies and missed that terribly when it had to be stopped because of increasing Insurance premiums.
His advice to anyone thinking of becoming a doctor – just do it, and become a country GP. It is great knowing so many people and being part of the community.” He mentioned how he loved the “detective work” of being a GP himself.
David first met Anita when working in England for ten months. Anita (who is originally from Switzerland) was in London at a concert where they both sat next to each other. Apparently his pick up line was “may I have a look at your program?” David and Anita have a daughter, a son and one grandchild.
They both enjoy reading and share a love of music. David has always enjoyed gardening and though Anita did not previously, she has recently found it quite relaxing and is looking forward to helping establish a pleasant garden for them at their future home. Anita has played the Cello in the Shepparton amateur orchestra for many years, where she has been made a life member. David was on the nursing home committee for some years. Working 90 hours a week initially certainly didn’t leave time for much else, although he did enjoy some clay shooting locally. With a lifelong love of learning, Anita, who is a qualified teacher, also has obtained a Teaching English as a second language diploma, a counselling degree and diploma of practice management. Of course, she will be best known in the town as running her husband’s medical clinic.
David and Anita are moving to Warragul, which will make it easier for travel to Melbourne for family and their love of concerts. Anita, being from Switzerland, is looking forward to having some hills again and to live in a town, with a good train service. David and Anita will continue to travel while they can and have trips to Vietnam and India already planned, as well as their usual annual pilgrimage to Switzerland. They are both very sad about leaving Murchison and will miss their close friends and have found it very hard to say goodbye.