Rural Health West held its annual awards night at its conference last month. Dr Stephen Langford received a Life Membership award; Dr John Rosser Davies, (Manjimup), and Dr Siew-Lee Thoo, (Kimberley) received the Above and Beyond Community First award. Dr Steven Lai (Narrogin) was recognised for Outreach Services, Dr Alison Turner (Manjimup) for service to Rural and Remot27042017-bowie-james-dr apr17Dr James Bowiee, Dr Susan Downes (RFDS to East Kimberley) and Dr Olga Ward for Remote and Clinically Challenging Medicine.

Dr James Bowie (Manjimup) is the first doctor to be recognised by Rural Health West for 50 years of rural service.

Acknowledged for 40 years’ service were: Dr Jane James (Denmark), Dr May Ure (Albany), Dr Basudeb Saharay (Collie), Dr Thomas Jones (Bridgetown), Dr Gary Mincham (Bunbury), Dr Kim Tee Ong (Mandurah).

Acknowledged for 30 years’ service were: Dr Gary Tapper (Busselton), Dr William Walker (Mandurah), Dr Matthew Hodge (Albany), Dr Hugh Leslie (Albany), Dr Susan Shaw (Narrikup); Dr Christine Hartley (Australind); Dr Kevin Christianson (Northam), Dr James Murray (Geraldton).

Acknowledged for 20 years’ service were: Dr Sally Edmonds (RFDS), Dr Michael Massey (Busselton), Dr Cathryn Milligan (Margaret River), Dr Marie Fox (Northam), Dr Noreen Parshad (Geraldton), Dr Anne Richards (Kununurra), Dr Craig Drummond (Karratha).

27042017-van-der-wielen-john-mr apr17Mr John Van der Wielen

Mr John Van der Wielen is the new CEO and Managing Director of HBF. His background is in insurance in the banking sector.

Dr Monica Gope director of WACHS Postgraduate Medical Education Unit has been named national Clinical Educationist of the Year.


Prof Shirley Bowen will leave her position as Dean of the Notre Dame medical school in Fremantle to take up the post of CEO of SJG Subiaco Hospital on June 12. Mr Ben Edwards is the new CEO at SJG Murdoch Hospital. He has been acting CEO at SJG Mt Lawley hospital since November.

27042017-edwards-ben-mr apr17Mr Ben Edwards


Emily Higham, from UWA’s SPINRPHEX Rural Health Club was the only West Australian to be awarded a HESTA scholarship for travel to the National Rural Health Conference in Cairns last month.

The Women and Infants Research Foundation (WIRF) have appointed its inaugural Chief Operations Director, Deb Attard Portughes.






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