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Medical role models honoured at AMA National Conference

AMA Woman in Medicine

Dr Genevieve Goulding, an anaesthetist with a strong social conscience and a passion for doctors’ mental health and welfare, has been named the AMA Woman in Medicine for 2017.

Described by her colleagues as a quiet achiever, ANZCA’s fourth successive female President, Dr Goulding has used her term to focus on professionalism, workforce issues, advocacy, and strengthening ANZCA services for Fellows and trainees.

Dr Goulding is a founding member of the Welfare of Anaesthetists Group, which raises awareness of the many personal and professional issues that can affect the physical and emotional wellbeing of anaesthetists throughout their careers.

Dr Michael Gannon, who presented the award at the AMA National Conference, said that Dr Goulding was a role model for all in the medical profession.

“She has raised the profile and practice of safe and quality anaesthesia. She is committed to ensuring patients – no matter their background or position – can rely on and benefit from our health system,” Dr Gannon said.

Dr Goulding continues to effect change with her work on the ANZCA Council and on the Queensland Medical Board, her numerous positions with the Australian Society of Anaesthetists, and her current work with the Anaesthesia Clinical Committee of the MBS Review.

Excellence in Healthcare Award

This year, AMA recognised a true medical leader Dr Denis Lennox, who has made an outstanding contribution to rural and remote health care in Queensland, and to the training of rural doctors.

Dr Lennox has had an extraordinary career since starting as a physician and medical administrator in his home town of Bundaberg in the 1970s. 

Dr Gannon said that Dr Lennox had earned this award through his vision and revolutionary training of rural general practitioners and specialist generalists.

“Dr Lennox has been responsible for real workforce and healthcare improvements in all parts of Queensland, particularly through the Queensland Rural Generalist Program which has delivered more than 130 well-prepared Fellows and trainees into rural practice across Queensland since 2005 – an incredible achievement,” Dr Gannon said when presenting the award.

An Adjunct Associate Professor at James Cook University and Executive Director of Rural and Remote Medical Support at Darling Downs Hospital Health Service, Dr Lennox prepares to retire from 40 years of public service.

AMA Women’s Health Award

A nurse and midwife in Darwin, Eleanor Crighton has been awarded the Women’s Health Award – an award that goes to a person or group, not necessarily a doctor or female, who has made a major contribution to women’s health.

Ms Crighton won the award for her outstanding commitment to Indigenous women’s health. 

Dr Gannon when presenting the award to Ms Crighton said that she had made a real difference to the lives of Aboriginal women in the greater Darwin region through them gaining access to affordable family planning.

“As an obstetrician, I know the importance of the work of women’s health teams, particularly in Aboriginal community-controlled organisations like Danila Dilba,” Dr Gannon said.

As the Women’s Health Team leader at Danila Dilba Health Service, Ms Crighton has shown her commitment to Indigenous health by pursuing additional studies and gaining personal skills with the aim of filling gaps in health care services.

Ms Crighton has also worked tirelessly to raise awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and has started training Danila Dilba’s first home-grown trainee midwife, at the same time as pursuing her own Nurse Practitioner studies. 

Meredith Horne