Rural excellence recognised

Dr Woollard, a former RDAA president, was presented with the ACRRM-RDAA Peter Graham ‘Cohuna’ Award for 2011.

The award is presented in memory of Dr Peter Graham, who passed away in 2008 aged 80, and who was a dedicated doctor in the rural Victorian town of Cohuna for nearly 50 years.

Gunnedah GP Dr Deane was awarded the Westpac RDAA Rural Doctor of the Year Award for 2011, and said working as a rural GP was an “incredibly rewarding career”.

“All these years later, I still believe it was the best career choice I could have ever made,” he said. “Working as a rural GP is an incredibly rewarding career – you are with your patients through all stages of their lives and share their moments of greatest joy, such as when you deliver a baby, through to their times of greatest heartache.”

Ms Garnett, a fourth-year medical student from Ballarat studying at the University of New South Wales,

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