Dr Richard Hocking

Dr Richard Hocking is an Australian Trained Orthopaedic Surgeon. Dr Hocking was educated at Sydney Grammar School before commencing his Undergraduate Medical Degree at The University of NSW. After working for 5 years in hospitals in Sydney and NSW, Dr Hocking was selected to the Australian Orthopaedic Training Programme in 2001. Dr Hocking then trained on the Sydney Northside training programme with postings to Dubbo Base Hospital, The Canberra Hospital, Royal North Shore Hospital, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Westmead Children’s Hospital, The Mater North Sydney and Westmead Hospital. Dr Hocking was trained by the internationally respected Australian Surgeons Dr Steven Ruff, Dr Paul Stalley, Prof David Sonnabend Dr Jeff Hughes, Prof David Little, Dr Merv Cross, Dr Bill Walter and Dr Leo Pinczewski. Dr Hocking graduated as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2005.

Dr Hocking then pursued overseas postgraduate training in Canada. Dr Hocking spent a year at the University of Western Ontario where he trained under the internationally renowned surgeons Drs Robert Bourne, Dr Stephen MacDonald, Dr Richard McCalden and Dr Doug Naudie in advanced Adult Reconstruction Surgery. Having completed this year, Dr Hocking moved to The University of Toronto where he worked for 12 months at the world famous Hospital for Sick Children under the internationally respected surgeons Drs Jim Wright, Ben Alman, John Wedge, Bill Cole, Uni Narayanan and Andrew Howard. Dr Hocking then returned to Australia where he practiced in Canberra.

Unfortunately, the workplace is not always harmonious and regrettably medicine is not exempt from this. Surgery as a profession has recently had to admit that there has been a pervasive culture of bullying and intimidation within the profession. Complaints to professional regulators about marketplace competitors is one of the modes of harassment that has unfortunately been noted to be commonplace. In 2016 a Senate Enquiry was established to examine the Medical Complaints process in Australia.

Dr Hocking was the subject of a campaign of complaints which became a media sensation in Canberra.

Having now resolved the claims made against him, Dr Hocking decided that a change in pace and climate was in order, and so made the decision to move to a rural Qld practice. Dr Hocking moved to Bundaberg in June 2015 and commenced working at Bundaberg Base Hospital. Dr Hocking now has a private practice on the Coral Coast in Bundaberg.

Dr Hocking has qualifications and accreditation to provide Independent Medical Assessments according to AMA 4, AMA 5, TAC, Victorian Workcover, and Queensland Worksafe (GEPI).

To further his education in health administration, which assists with his contribution locally at both Bundaberg Base Hospital and The Friendly Society Private Hospital, Dr Hocking completed an MBA in 2017.

In collaboration with local tourism operators, Dr Hocking has developed Orthopaedic Surgical Tourism packages to Australia’s Southern Great Barrier Reef.