TMC’s flexible approach down under, now means radiologists have the option of swapping the big city for something more peaceful and quiet in some of Australia’s more remote, but stunningly beautiful areas. Technology is breaking down barriers and giving TMC radiologists better opportunities and more flexibility than ever before.
Meet Dr. Rickard Bohnmark, TMC radiologist, family man, skydiver and part-time kite-surfer, who has recently made the move with his family from the bright lights of Sydney to the beautiful beach resort of Noosa on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, where he reports from home and relaxes by cooling off in the family pool.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m 42 years old, married to Carolina, who’s a social worker and yoga teacher. We have two kids – Umbria, who will soon be turning 6 and Enzo, who will be 3 in a few months.
What was it about TMC that attracted you in the first place?
I’m from Sweden, so the possibility of working in a warm and comfy climate was very attractive. I actually chose to specialise in radiology rather than surgery with the specific idea of working from an offsite location. Back then, I had a Greek girlfriend and I imagined myself reporting for Sweden from a beautiful Greek Island.
What are you looking forward to most in your new role?
I’ll be doing exactly the same thing in Noosa as I was doing in the Sydney office, but with a different view. I still talk to my Sydney colleagues on a regular basis, either asking for (or giving) second opinions. Now, I simply use chat or phone instead of walking into the next room in the office
What did you do before TMC?
I worked as a consultant interventional radiologist at Linkoping University Hospital in Sweden.
What made you move to Australia and what is it that you find so appealing about the Noosa area?
I love warm climates, and have always wanted to learn to surf. Both were on offer working for ATMC. The decision to move from Sydney to Noosa was partly due to a never-ending quest for an even better climate and partly due to cheaper housing. In Sydney, we lived in a 2-bed apartment within walking distance of the ocean. Now we live in a 3-bedroom house with a swimming pool – and we’re still within walking distance of the ocean. And rent is only a little more than half of what we paid before. Also, we’re now living closer to nature and away from the big city
How easy did TMC make it for you to make the move?
TMC made it very simple for us. We got good advice and assistance with a relocation agent both when we moved to Australia and after we moved to Noosa, so it couldn’t have been easier.
What are the lifestyle benefits of the new location for you and your family?
Coming from Sweden, winter here in Noosa is like the best Swedish summer day, every day for several months on end. Summer in Noosa is like living in Paradise
What do the kids like most about the new location?
I think the kids appreciate the pool the most. Now in the summer, we swim in it several hours almost every day. My daughter also loves animals and fetches garden skinks (lizards) regularly, so being able to live in a house with a garden is a big plus for us.
Would you recommend a similar move for likeminded radiologists?
Absolutely. I feel very lucky to be able to live and work here. A lot of Aussies would love to live here but have a hard time finding work outside of the big cities. If you love nature and a warm climate, this is the place to be.
From a professional perspective, what are the advantages of this new role?
With our new contract (6 hours instead of 8 hours per day with the possibility to do elective cases after work), the balance between work and family is much better than when I was working in Sweden doing hospital based work
Any interesting or unusual things you’d like to share with us about yourself?
I’ve been skydiving regularly for around 10 years now but have now picked up kitesurfing and even surfing (to a degree). When I’m not playing with the kids, working or doing anything board-related, you’ll probably find me exploring the countryside on my motorcycle.