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  • Country Doctors recognised for Long Service

    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:

    25 years
    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

    35 years
    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

    RDWA Long Service Rural SA Doctors