New Capricorn Coast Hospital doctor boss is home
13 September 2018
New Director of Medical Services at Capricorn Coast Hospital and Health Service Dr Samarra Toby is home.
It’s hard to know what’s the best about that news – she’s heading up the medical team at her favourite hospital, in her home location, working with a great team, for a fantastic community.
Born and raised in Rockhampton, and proud to be of Aboriginal and South Sea Islander descent, from Gangulu and Darumbal people, Dr Toby is just thrilled to be back on country with her family.
After school at Lakes Creek State School and Emmaus College, Dr Toby did a science degree at University of Queensland and was in the first intake of medical students at Griffith University in Brisbane.
She completed her training in Brisbane and has worked from Bundaberg up to Proserpine and Airlie Beach, with placements everywhere in between.
She has been working on the Capricorn Coast as a doctor for about two years, and has also worked privately in general practice on the coast.
“I loved it here so much. Out of all the hospitals I’ve ever worked at this is one of the best,” Dr Toby said.
“I love working with everyone here from the admin to the kitchen staff, and there are some amazing nurses. They are so supportive and they know their stuff.
“Sandra (Jarvis) is one of the best Directors of Nursing I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. She does an amazing job and we have an amazing team here.
“I grew up here, my family and my friends are here and it’s very much my community. I feel like I can get back to giving back to the community in a rural location.
“I love working with the patients here from paediatrics through to geriatrics we have a beautiful community. We are blessed.”
Dr Toby also enjoys good connections with the local GPs and medical community, as well as the local private specialists.
While this is Dr Toby’s first role in clinical management, she’s happy to keep a hands-on role in the hospital.
“It’s nice seeing babies and their mums and grandparents, I love seeing the kids,” she said.
“I get to see my community too. Evelyn Carte our Indigenous Health Worker does an amazing job, it’s great.
“Seeing my community, I make sure I identify with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island community and the Elders to make sure they engage with the service.”