News of a Medal of the Order of Australia has come out of left field for Dr Ann Elizabeth Parker OAM.
As far as the Berrima-based medico is concerned "doing a job to the best of your ability comes from loving what you do."
"If you like what you do, then you are not looking for rewards," she said.
However, she is still overwhelmed about receiving acknowledgement in the 2020 Queen's birthday honours list for service to medicine and to the community.
The co-founder of the Walker Street General Practice in Bowral in 1992 said she was humbled by her inclusion on the list.
Such an accolade hardly seems surprising for anyone who takes a closer look at the many contributions of Dr Parker.
She has taken on a host of leadership roles during her career including Visiting Medical Officer at both Bowral and District Hospital and Southern Highlands Private Hospital, Clinical Senior Lecturer and co-ordinator for the Undergraduate course Phase 3 at Wollongong University, and several roles of the Southern Highlands Division of General Practice including chair and deputy chair over almost 30 years.
But perhaps her most inspiring role has been her involvement with the Remote Area Health Corps working in the Northern Territory outback.
Dr Parker said she had always wanted to work in the outback and jumped at the chance to go there when the Intervention program in the Northern Territory was opened in 2007.
She said she then became a part of the Remote Area Health Corps visiting Lajamanu, an indigenous community about six hours from Katherine, for three weeks each year since 2014.
"I could do more once I retired from the Walker Street Practice in 2017," she said.
"These days I spend 16 weeks each year working from the Lajamanu community.
"I also work on preparing chronic care plans from my Berrima home for the remainder of the year."
The schedule has been a little different for Dr Parker in 2020 with her unable to go to the Northern Territory community due to COVID-19 restrictions.
"I would usually be there right now," she said.
"I am instead doing Telehealth consultations on my mobile phone."
While she misses her time in the outback this year, she is glad she is still able to help through Telehealth.
"You get to love the people," she said.
"It can also be a very emotional job.
"I often get sad about the state of their health and lives, and the destruction of their culture."
However, she said she was impressed by the "great sense of humour and resilience" of the people in the community.
"The highlight of my career has always been the opportunity to get to know people," she said.
"It is quite a privilege when people let you into their life.
"I feel honoured that they trust me enough to share with me and enable me to make a connection."
While Dr Parker looks forward to her next journey to the Australia outback she is currently enjoying time with her family - three daughters and nine grandchildren, with a 10th grandchild on the way.