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Clifford Bruce Osborne MB BS(Hons), BMedSci, DObstRCOG, FRACGP, FRACMA, AssocFACHSE, FRANZCP, MPM, CertFPOA

Clifford Bruce Osborne, known as Bruce, had an extensive and diverse medical career that included the rare achievement of Fellowships in three disciplines — general practice (1980), medical administration (1987) and psychiatry (2001). Throughout, Bruce remained committed to compassionate patient care and improved regional health services.

Bruce was born on 23 February 1951 and grew up in Dandenong, Victoria. In 1975, he graduated in medicine from Monash University, having also received a Bachelor of Medical Science in 1974. In 1979, after a series of country hospital posts, Bruce entered the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners’ Family Medicine Program and, in 1980, he joined Dr Allan McPhate in general practice in Warragul.

From 1982 to 1984, Bruce was Medical Superintendent at Latrobe Valley Regional Hospital, Moe. In 1984, he became Deputy Medical Superintendent at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne; his tenure included 18 months as Acting Medical Superintendent.

In 1987, Bruce returned to general practice in Moe and then in Warragul. His practice focused on counselling and treating the elderly, to which Bruce brought compassion, thoughtfulness and insight. In Warrugal, Bruce also assumed the medical directorship of West Gippsland…