Dr Tim Flanagan2019-10-08T09:19:21+11:00

Dr Tim Flanagan
Longford Medical Centre

Tim grew up in Longford, in northern Tasmania, with his five brothers and sisters and completed primary school here. He studied Medicine at the University of Tasmania during which time he met and married his wife Fiona. They graduated in 1979.

Tim and Fiona worked at Launceston General Hospital and then at Smithton in Northwest Tasmania, before joining the practice in Longford in 1999.

Tim was president of the Rural Doctors Association of Tasmania 1995 – 97.

Dr Flanagan has been Censor in Chief of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and Chairman of the Board of Examiners. In these roles, he have examined Fellowship candidates in every state in Australia, Malaysia, Hong Kong and New Zealand.

General Practice appeals to Tim as he enjoys seeing different generations of families and the importance of family members to each other, and to the community in which we live. He also has an interest in Aboriginal Health and have been visiting Flinders Island on a monthly basis for over 18 years.

Tim did his own obstetrics for the first 7 years he worked at Smithton he saw a lot of young mothers and their children. But as Tim got older so did his patients and so end of life issues became a larger part of his practice. Tim never cease to be humbled by seeing and dealing with people who are dying and their families, people you may have thought you knew quite well but then see just how brave and wonderful they and their family are, and they allow you into this intensely personal happening.

A Lens to the Future with a Mirror to the Past

I am speaking about life and death, death and politics, and politics and taxation.

Life varies for us all and so in many ways does death. Modern society makes many things better but new social curses most particularly loneliness and social isolation make dying more formidable.

As our society puts greater value on money and personal wealth, social inequity can have major impact on the delivery of palliative care.

I will speak of how some of the simplest interventions can have major impacts.

I will seek to have both government and my medical colleagues realise that we are both born and die any hour of the day or night, any day of the week. Government needs to fund services for this reality. My profession needs realise that work life balance also needs to take into account the life and death balance of patients.