Putting his best foot forward

AFTER more than a decade ‘trapped’ in health bureaucracy, Dr Richard Matthews sees his recent appointment as chair of General Practice Education and Training (GPET) as bringing his general practice career full circle.

While he says he enjoyed his time working in the state system, where until 2007 he carried a dual role as deputy director-general NSW Health and chief executive of justice health and more recently deputy director-general of the strategic development division at NSW Health, his time in health administration was at least in part accidental.

Upon graduating from medical school in the late