Thinus was born in Brakpan, South Africa. At the age of 5 his family moved to the town of Parys and this was where he stayed until he went to the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education in 1985. Many wonderful years were spent cavorting in the Vaal river and the islands that were scattered across the 3km wide river.
After completing a Bachelors Degree in Biochemistry, Human Physiology and Microbiology he moved to Pretoria where he started his Medical Degree at the University of Pretoria. It was during this period that he met, fell in love with, and married Riana Coetzee.
At the completion of his studies he did half of his Internship at the Pretoria Academic Hospital and they then relocated to the coastal city of Port Elizabeth where he completed his Internship at the Livingstone Hospital.
In 1996 He joined the Westering Medicross Clinic in Port Elizabeth where he worked as a General Practitioner for 1 1/2 years. During this time their second child was born - Sune was born very premature and with Cerebral Palsy. This was one of the reasons why the family decided to move back to Pretoria in 1997 - Riana's family was closer and Thinus wanted to spend some time working in a surgical department.
For the next two years he worked as a Surgical Registrar, Casual Medical Officer in various private Emergency Departments and did General Practice locums across a wide area in the Gauteng Province. During the rare quiet time he assisted Riana at her General Practice Clinic in Morelettapark, Pretoria, and did all of the financial administration of this Clinic.
In the early part of 2000 Thinus and Riana accepted an offer to take up a position as rural General Practitioners in Booleroo Centre, South Australia. They started at this location in April 2000 and were the only doctors in the Mount Remarkable District that serviced the towns of Booleroo Centre, Wirrabara, Wilmington and Melrose as well as all the farms and smaller settlements inbetween. A very busy but happy four years followed during which they provided all of the services to these towns, the local district hospital and nursing home as well as running the pharmacy in town. These services included full obstetric services, minor surgery, as well as doing roadside assistance with the local volunteer ambulance brigade and teaching 5th year medical students. Thinus also managed all of the financial matters of the Practice, was the Principal Medical Officer on the Hospital Board, a member of the Ambulance Board and attended Emergency Services Meetings. During this time both Thinus and Riana attended the examination and obtained the Felllowship of the Royal College of Australian General Practioners. Towards the end of 2003 it became apparent that Thinus could not continue to work 80-100hours per week indefinitely and after doing some enquiries he accepted a position as a Staff Specialist at the Emegernecy Department of the Wagga Wagga Base Hospital
Arriving in Wagga in 2004 it soon became apparent that the promises made were not going to be kept and after three months Thinus resigned and spent the next 9 months doing hospital and General Practice locums all over the ACT and NSW. During this time he also obtained the Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine. Based on the experience obtained during these meanderings it was decided that a move to Canberra would be ideal.
They arrived in Canberra in late 2004 where both Thinus and Riana started working at the Calvary hospital's Emergency Department. By July 2005 things had started to settle sufficiently for Thinus to start doing some sessions at a General Practice Clinic in Gungahlin and in October 2005 he also started doing regular sessions at the Canberra Skin Cancer Clinic. The sessions at the Gungahlin Clinic was ceased in February 2006 as he was not happy with the limitations that the 3h per week placed on his ability to have a continuity of care for his patients. It was during this time that he started to plan for the opening of his and Riana's own clinic and out of these plans the Tillyard Drive Medical Practice materialised.
Thinus still has a keen interest in minor procedures and does regular excisions of suspicious skin lesions. He has a Certificate in Skin Cancer management and actively involved in ongoing General Practice Medical Education.In addition he spends about three days a month assisting Vascular, Orthopaedic, Urological and General Surgeons with operations at the Private hospitals in Canberra
He does have a small group of patients in several Nursing Homes that he looks after but are not taking on any new Nurisng Home patients due to restricted available time to look after these patients
In South Australia and in Canberra he has been actively involved in the teaching of Medical Students
Since 2014 he has been a Supervisor of post graduate GP Registrars
Thinus is fluent in English, Afrikaans and Dutch and has a basic knowledge of Portuguese.
The van Rensburg's have now settled in Canberra and plan to be here for the long haul.