Robert is Dr Versatile
IS THERE anything this man cannot do?
Dr Robert Harris may be in his 70s, but retirement is the last thing on his mind as he continues to push himself to achieve new goals.
His remarkable list of achievements began about 55 years ago when he enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy.
During that time he actively served in the Malaya campaign.
A few years later, the then Mr Harris left the navy to join not one, but eventually three different police forces - Victoria Police, the Royal Papua and New Guinea Constabulary and the Australian Federal Police.
A serious whiplash injury - and his subsequent recovery - got Dr Harris thinking about a career as a chiropractor.
"While I was in the ACT Police (now Federal) I was a physical training and unarmed combat instructor," he said.
"I was speared head first into the wrestling mat during a training session and was very badly injured.
"I ended up going to a chiropractor, which I'd never been to before, and he was the only person who could help me."
Dr Harris left the police force and moved to Davenport in Iowa (USA) to undertake a Doctor of Chiropractic degree and graduated in 1978.
He has spent the past 30-plus years working in the USA, NSW and Queensland; most recently on the Gold Coast.
Dr Harris has written several books, including A Medicolegal Understanding of Whiplash.
He has also written a number of weight-loss books, including Slim Forever; and Diabetes - the unnecessary epidemic.
"Even before joining the police force I was always very health-conscious," he said.
"I remember at primary school we only had one overweight kid in the whole school.
"Now, (obesity) is probably the greatest health problem the western world is facing."
Dr Harris said a healthy lifestyle and diet was vital to both the body and mind.
When he was about 50, Dr Harris rekindled his love of unarmed combat and joined a tae kwon do club where he earned his black belt.
He has always loved weight-training and recently turned part of his house into a commercial-style gym for his and wife Jennifer's use.
That leads us to the next part of this man's amazing talents and determination to continue achieving in life.
Just after turning 70, Dr Harris studied for his builder's licence.
He and Jennifer then moved to the Clarence Valley where he built their new home in Lawrence.
Recently settling into his new home, Dr Harris said he would continue practising as a chiropractor part-time.
He is busy writing his next book which moves away from the subject of health.
"It looks at life all the way from the big bang," he said.
"It looks at the theories of evolution and creation, and goes through and looks at the psychological needs of people.
"It's a historical look at the emergence of religion and how those religions have affected society, either helpful or adversely.
"It's not a book that takes sides but I think it's a book that needs to be written."