Dr Graham Morgan recently received a prestigious award from NSW Rural Doctors Network for his service of over 35 years to the Sussex Inlet and Nowra community.
Fourteen outstanding GP's were honoured with a Rural Service Award at a virtual concert and presentation ceremony as part of RH20, a new event bringing together the rural health community.
Dr Graham Morgan currently practices at Sussex Inlet Medical Centre, since 1984, and North Nowra Medical Centre, since 2004.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and also a world renowned international award-winning wildlife photographer.
Dr Morgan shared his poignant response to receiving the honour:
"I'm wondering where all the years have gone but I've lived them, I must have to be where I am now," he said.
"The day I moved to Sussex Inlet with my wife Noelle and our two young boys remains very clear in my mind; it was an average winters day Wednesday, August 15 and I started work Monday August 20, 1984.
"It was in an old house in the main street, there was a bore in the back and I used to shower there, out in the open when the tanks ran low. They were different days.
"I seem to have arrived at this point in my life way too quickly, however, I feel blessed to have been able to do what I've done and I look forward to continue making the most of what this town has gifted me - mutual respect, caring and a sense of belonging.Dr Graham Morgan
"I remember the 'oldies' I cared for in the 80's, now all gone, many of them were younger than I am now; we are living longer.
"I've since been grateful for the privilege of caring for their children, grandchildren and so on. I remember thinking that those old folks were decades away from me but the decades have passed.
"I seem to have arrived at this point in my life way too quickly, however, I feel blessed to have been able to do what I've done and I look forward to continue making the most of what this town has gifted me - mutual respect, caring and a sense of belonging.
"Being part of these peoples lives for so long is something I will always cherish."