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Stalwart of AMA and community passes away

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Dr David John Doidge ANDREW
1944 – 2018


Dr David John Doidge Andrew passed away unexpectedly on October 3, 2018.

A Fellow of the Australian Medical Association, his outstanding commitment to the organisation and the community in general stands as an inspiration to all.

Born, January 27, 1944, Dr Andrew graduated from The University of Melbourne in 1968 and joined the Australian Medical Association the following year.

On graduation, Dr Andrew worked in Auckland, New Zealand before working as a visiting medical officer at The Royal Children’s Hospital and The Royal Women’s Hospital. Dr Andrew also worked as an obstetrics and gynaecology Registrar in Wellington and Auckland in 1972 and 1973.

In 1971 Dr Andrew joined the Royal Australian Navy Reserve. He retired with the esteemed rank of Surgeon Commander in 2009.

Dr Andrew practised as a general practitioner for the Whittlesea and Epping Medical group from 1974 to 1975 before starting a solo practice in Epping in 1976. He retained this solo practice until 2009.

Since joining the AMA Victoria in 1969 and becoming an active member in the late 1970s, Dr Andrew has served as: 

  • Secretary and Chair of Northern Subdivision
  • AMA Victoria Council representative for the Northern Division of General Practice
  • AMA Victoria representative for the Department of Veteran Affairs on the Local Medical Officer Advisory Committee
  • Member of the AMA Victoria Section of General Practice
  • Treasurer of the Section of General Practice
  • Member of the AMA-RACGP liaison Committee.

Throughout his career Dr Andrew has worked as a locum doctor intermittently in rural Victoria. He has been a strong advocate for doctors working in rural areas and for rural health.

One of Dr Andrew’s major concerns for the medical profession is the loss of obstetric skills in the new generation of doctors.

Outside of his active role with the AMA, Dr Andrew has also served as the Director of the Northern Division of General Practice.

Dr Andrew has been a long-time supporter and active member of the Australian Medical Association. Through his various roles, he has made an outstanding contribution to the organisation. He was a most worthy candidate for admittance to the Roll of Fellows.

Beloved husband to Vaoese, proud father of Jason, Bronwyn, Peter, Stephanie and David, and proud grandfather of Maximus, Austin, Celeste, Matilda, Alice and Wolfgang. He is sorely missed.