Sitting in his consulting room, Doctor Yao Zhang looks over to a bookcase with photos displayed on the shelves and says with a laugh: "I use the photos as a medication".
The keen landscape and nature photographer has worked in hospitals in China and Australia, including the Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) in Sydney, but now lives in Naracoorte in south-east South Australia where he is finishing his training as a GP registrar.
He was one of only two overseas-trained doctors taken on by the RPA in 2010.
During his time with the RPA, health problems again struck and he was treated for bowel cancer.
Photo: Dr Yao Zhang in his consulting room at Naracoorte, South East South Australia.
"The pathological side [of illnesses] is a lot easier to deal with, but the mental side is totally different," Dr Zhang said.