Dr Hilton Koppe
Dr Hilton Koppe is a general practitioner in Lennox Head, a small village on the east coast of Australia. Hilton combines his clinical work with an active role in medical education, training new and experienced GPs within the region and around Australia.
Since 2003, Hilton has been running creative writing workshops for doctors and other health professionals with the goal of deepening their compassion, overcoming professional isolation and reducing risk of burn out. In 2015, Hilton was invited to present this work as Visiting Professor in Medicine and Humanities at Harvard Medical School.
The workshops have been adapted for use with people living with chronic and serious illness. Hilton has offered this work to a variety of groups ranging from Canteen (an organisation supporting young people affected by cancer) to a group of USA Armed Service Veterans with serious chronic mental illness. Hilton has further adapted these workshops for the general public, including an annual invitation to present at Byron Bay Writers Festival.
Hilton’s writing can be found in a diverse range of publications including Grieve, The Examined Life, Pulse, Chrysalis, The Universal Doctor and More Voices. His play, Enduring Witness, has been performed in USA and Australia. A film version of the play is regularly used in medical education as a prompt for discussions regarding end of life care.