FAMILY AFFAIR: Dr Peter O'Regan, Rob O'Regan and Bill O'Regan at the History of Mundubbera Hospital 1923-2019 Book Launch
FAMILY AFFAIR: Dr Peter O'Regan, Rob O'Regan and Bill O'Regan at the History of Mundubbera Hospital 1923-2019 Book Launch Sam Turner

GALLERY: Mundubbera's testament to public health care

A BOOK celebrating the history of public health care in Mundubbera has been launched at a special dinner and auction.

The Mundubbera Hospital Auxiliary and the community celebrated the launch of The History of the Mundubbera Hospital 1923-2019, on October 12 at the Mundubbera Bowls Club.

Authored by Sue Croft, the book marks 20 years since the opening of the town's Multipurpose Health Service.

The living testament delves into the 96 years of the since its opening, reflecting on those who have worked in this institution over the years.

In attendance were Peter, Bill and Rob O'Regan, sons of Dr Stanley O'Regan who was the first medical superintendent of the hospital.

Speaking on behalf of his brothers, Rob spoke dearly of his father, saying his father was a "wonderful man in war, and in peace”.

"My father would never charge anyone anything, but people would pay him in kind,” Rob said.

"It didn't make a difference to dad, because he believed in his profession, and in doing good.

"I'm very proud to be an O'Regan, and to be able to share this special occasion with you.”

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board Chair Peta Jamieson spoke of the importance of this book, and of those who work there.

"While much has changed about healthcare and the services provided at Mundubbera over the years, what hasn't changed is that they've been delivered by people who are dedicated, compassionate and caring,” Ms Jamieson said.

"I want to thank Mundubbera Hospital Auxiliary and everyone involved in making the book possible, as well as for their work organising a wonderful evening celebrating milestones and memories of health care in town.”

Dr Doug McIvor, Dr Graham Rowles, and Bill O'Regan also said some kind words about what the town, and what the hospital means to them.

The event served as a fundraiser for the refurbishment of the palliative care area of the hospital, with an auction on the evening raising more than $8,000.


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