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Questions and answers with orthopaedic surgeon – Shaun English.

1. Describe your background in medical.
I completed my medical training through Monash University, then Orthopaedic Speciality training through the Victorian/Tasmanian training programme.  I completed two significant subspeciality fellowships in foot and ankle surgery after qualifying as a specialist.

2. What areas do you specialise in and why?
Most of my elective operating is lower limb, though I still do some shoulder surgery.  My subspeciality area of practice is Foot and Ankle surgery.  I enjoy hip and knee replacement surgery, because we achieve very early improvements for the patients.

3. Why have you chosen to practice in Ballarat?
I wanted to work in a regional centre, but not too remote.  I had previously worked in Ballarat, so was familiar with the town and the hospitals.  David Mitchell and John Nelson were very welcoming when I expressed interest, and made my early practice easier.

4. What are the benefits of the Ballarat medical scene?
We are well resourced, and well supported by colleagues in other specialties.  We also have the benefit of a smaller community, where communication is easy, and people are generally happy and helpful.

5. What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to stay fairly fit, riding with a group most weekends.  I run a bit, in part to enjoy getting out and about with Lydia, my wife.  We’ve just completed the Melbourne half marathon together, which was a bit of fun.  We are also nearing the end of a substantial renovation on a beautiful old Ballarat house (our old houses are definitely underappreciated treasures).