A former medical specialist supporting the West Coast Eagles AFL team is now working in Mount Gambier. English-born medico Dr Kit Brogan has joined the Limestone Coast Local Health Network as an orthopaedic surgeon at Mount Gambier Hospital.
Joining him in the Blue Lake City are his wife and five daughters. “This is an exciting time for me and my family as we begin this new chapter living in South Australia for the first time,” Dr Brogan said. “Some of the day-to-day activities in my new role include non-operative, operative and outpatient management, teaching, training and developing the next generation of surgeons in order to deliver holistic, patient-centred care to the community.
“I know it is important to provide orthopaedic services to regional patients and this is a great opportunity for me to use my skills and experience to provide first class orthopaedic care locally to the Mount Gambier community. “Orthopaedic surgeons Dr Barney McCusker and Dr Henry Forbes have shown great support in welcoming me to the region and I am honoured to be working alongside them in continuing to deliver high level orthopaedic care to members of the community.
“They have poured many years and hard work into developing this service and I am privileged to join their efforts in providing the best possible care. “I look forward to providing a local orthopaedic service, hearing from the community about their health values and experiencing local life in the South East.”
The two current orthopaedic surgeons have each worked in Mount Gambier for over 25 years and they have welcomed their new professional colleague. “Dr Brogan is a natural fit with Dr Forbes and myself and he is the next generation of surgeons to join our team,” Dr McCusker said. “We are very pleased to have Dr Brogan on board and to work alongside him in consulting and orthopaedic surgery.”
Dr Brogan was born in Oxford and moved to Oman in the Middle East at age four, as his father was in Special Air Service (SAS) and mother was working as a doctor in Oman. He returned to the UK for secondary school and completed medical school training in London at Guy’s King’s and St Thomas’ Medical School before starting work as a doctor.
He then completed surgical training on a prestigious London training rotation before undertaking fellowships in Waikato Hospital in New Zealand, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Fiona Stanley Hospital and Perth Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Centre (POSM) in Perth.
Dr Brogan specifically went to Perth to work for the sports orthopaedic practice POSM and cared for a number of high profile athletes including the West Coast Eagles AFL team. He has been involved in medicine from an early age helping his mother in remote Middle Eastern villages.
He has performed obstetrics and gynaecology as a medical student in Jamaica and paediatrics in Cape Town, South Africa. He is also sub-specialised through his fellowship training in trauma/hip/knee/ shoulder and sports orthopaedics.
Dr Brogan enjoys spending time with his wife Debbie and his family at the beach or skate park. He has a passion for the ocean and enjoys watersports such as windsurfing, kite surfing and surfing and most recently foil boarding.