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Dr Gary Morris

Doctor

Dr Gary Morris is a Family Physician, who established his practise in Scottburgh in 2006. He has been in the medical field for over 40 years and worked in the Ugu Region since 2001.

He was at school at Pretoria Boys High and, after qualifying in 1981 at the University of Pretoria, with a distinction in Paediatrics, he was an intern in Tembisa Hospital.
Dr Morris then did 2 years of national service as a doctor, first at Emmaus Hospital near Winterton, 3 months in Ovomboland, Namibia and then a year at Mosvold Hospital in Ingwavuma. Later he did an additional year of national service as a religious objector to military service, at Emmaus Hospital.

After a short stint at the Johannesburg General Hospital, Dr Morris worked in various roles in the Okhahlamba District in the Bergville/Winterton/Estcourt area of KZN. In 1986 he obtained a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (with distinction) and did his Masters in Family Medicine (Cum Laude) at MEDUNSA. The Family Medicine course was particularly challenging, and stimulating, and Dr Gary Morris continued for many years as a part-time post-graduate group facilitator and supervisor of post-graduate research projects on this course.

During the 16 years in the Okhahlamba area he worked as a Medical Officer in Emmaus Hospital, and later ran the clinic and primary health care service, while based at Oliviershoek Clinic. Dr Morris was director of the Okhahlamba Child Survival Project and District Health Co-Ordinator. During this time the district was chosen as the best rural health district in South Africa and won a Batho Pele Award in KwaZulu Natal. This was an exciting time of learning new skills, interacting with many committed and interesting local people and visitors and developing a better understanding of South Africa and its health, political, social and economic issues.

Inspired by the community orientated primary health care work of Sidney and Emily Kark in the 1950’s at Pholela, as well as similar initiatives by Dr Mamphela Ramphele in the 1980’s at the clinic to which she was banished in the Tzaneen District; Dr Gary Morris & his family decided to move to a clinic 30km outside of Bergville to establish a health centre. This was a wonderfully inspiring time, involving clinical work, health service development (during a time when lots of change was taking place) and community-based initiatives. The political violence that was endemic in the KZN midlands in the early 1990’s often made the work difficult, and at times, frightening.

While in the Ugu District, Dr Morris worked in the rural clinics and as Chief Medical Officer at G.J. Crookes Hospital. In 2004-2005 he was the Principal Family Physician at Wentworth Hospital Durban. During these years he did locum work in general practices in Ireland and went on study trips to Thailand and Belgium.

As the practice is situated near the Aliwal Shoal, a prime international diving site, Gary did the open water diving course which prompted him to get into diving medicine and do the BScMedSci (Hons) in Underwater (Diving) Medicine, at Stellenbosch University and
later did the Certificate in Travel Medicine, through Wits.

My wife, Karin Volker, also a Family Physician, and I have been married for over 30 years. We have had a property in Pennington since 1988 and have 3 adult daughters: Natasha is a dietician, married to Darren, and lives in Norwich in England, Liesl is a clinical psychologist in Pietermaritzburg and Tinta a student in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology in the University of Stellenbosch.

My recreational interests are in cycling, walking, exercise in health and reading. My other interests are in spirituality, mysticism and contemplative practice; and the evolution of the cosmos, the earth and particularly the human mind and spirit.