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Fifty-two of South Australia’s country doctors who have served rural communities for more than 1600 years collectively were honoured at the RDWA Annual Conference Dinner on Saturday 21 May 2016.
The doctors were recognised for their outstanding contribution to the health of people living in rural and remote South Australia.
South Australia’s Governor, the Honourable Hieu Van Le presented 25 and 35 year long service medals to the doctors.
The doctors have served in locations ranging from Coober Pedy to Kimba, from Kapunda to Yorketown and everywhere in between.
“Their contribution to the health and well-being of rural and remote communities is outstanding,” said RDWA CEO, Ms Lyn Poole.
“Almost without exception, these doctors are still making a contribution to rural health, including 10 who are now working as locums for the RDWA, providing support to allow resident doctors to take leave,” she said.
"Conservatively, these 52 doctors have provided around 10 million patient consultations. On top of that they’ve birthed hundreds of babies, given anaesthetics, performed surgeries and saved countless numbers of lives in the Emergency Departments of our Country hospitals,” said Ms Poole.
“In anyone’s terms, these are extraordinary achievements.”
The RDWA congratulate and thank for their contribution:
Dr Lisa Beament, Clare
Dr David Brookes, Mount Barker
Dr Trevor Burchall, Mount Gambier
Dr Thomas Davey, Lobethal
Dr Sara Fensak, Lameroo
Dr Peter Hamilton, Loxton
Dr Graham Hughes, Mount Barker
Dr Christine Lucas, Port Lincoln
Dr Richard Mackinnon, Crystal Brook
Dr Mark Miller, Goolwa
Dr Graham Norton, Visiting Specialist
Dr Karen Sumner, RDWA
Dr Geoffrey Symons, Gumeracha
Dr David Trenam, Murray Bridge
Dr Richard Van Dissel, Kapunda
Dr Jennifer Wilson, Locum
Dr John Arthurson, Mount Barker
Dr David Batt, Victor Harbor
Dr Michael Beckoff, Locum
Dr Michael Betts, Waikerie
Dr John Biggins, Locum
Dr Peter Clements, Locum
Dr Stephen Dunn, Mount Gambier
Dr Dennis Eaton, Tumby Bay
Dr John Entwistle, Hahndorf
Dr Graham Fleming, Tumby Bay
Dr Lyn Gardiner, Yankalilla
Dr Devinder Grewal, Port Augusta
Dr Graham Hamdorf, Visiting Specialist - Murray Bridge
Dr Verity Irwin, Victor Harbor
Dr Richard Jolly, Locum
Dr Peter Joyner, Mannum
Dr Ernest Kamitakahara, Coober Pedy
Dr Jonas Kasauskas, Locum
Dr George Kokar, Yorketown
Dr Stewart Martin, Locum
Dr Bernard Myatt, Tanunda
Dr Mark Nicholls, Murray Bridge
Dr Graeme Nicholson, Murray Bridge
Dr Brian Norcock, Naracoorte
Dr Paramaswaami Parasuramar, Kapunda
Dr Ian Partridge, Locum
Dr Stephanie Partridge, Locum
Dr John Penna, Berri
Dr David Rosenthal, Renmark
Dr Stephen Salagaras, Two Wells
Dr Roger Sexton, Locum
Dr Behzad Shroff, Port Augusta
Dr Robert Thompson, Murray Bridge
Dr John Urlwin, Tanunda
Dr Patrick Wells, Nuriootpa
Dr Timothy Wood, Kadina