Recruiting, retaining and supporting General Practitioners (GPs), Nurses and Allied Health Professionals in rural New South Wales, Australia

Rural Medical Service Awards

Each year the Rural Medical Service Award acknowledges rural doctors who have achieved long-standing medical service to regional, rural and remote communities in New South Wales (NSW).

The service can be cumulative or consecutive and GPs who are currently practising and have been working for 35 or more years in rural NSW (Remoteness Areas 2-5) are eligible.

In 2016, twenty outstanding GPs received the NSW Rural Medical Service Award, with the following 12 doctors awarded at a special presentation to acknowledge their outstanding service:

  • Dr Geoff White for 35 years of service to Manilla
  • Dr Les Woollard for 35 years of service to Moree
  • Dr Peter Davidson for 35 years of service to Cowra
  • Dr Jurriaan Beek for 35 years of service to Casino
  • Dr David Sanders for 35½ years of service to Singleton
  • Dr Douglas Miller for 36 years of service to Mullumbimby and Brunswick Heads
  • Dr Emery Kertesz for 35 years of service to Nelson Bay
  • Dr Robin Mathews for 36 years of service to Maclean
  • Dr Grahame Deane for 36 years of service to West Wyalong, Gunnedah and Lake Cathie
  • Dr John Kramer for 36 years of service to Woolgoolga
  • Dr Prue Greenwell for 37½ years of service to Cowra
  • Dr Ian Spencer for 42 years of service to Wellington.

Nominations for the 2017 NSW Rural Medical Service Award will open in September.

Winners will be announced at a special dinner presentation during the NSW Rural Doctors Network Rural GPs Conference at the Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach in Sydney on Saturday 25 November 2017.