Dr Sanders’ long service recognised

Well-respected local GP, Dr David Sanders, has been honoured for more than 35 years of service to the communityat the prestigious 2016 NSW Rural Medical Service Awards (RMSA’s). The RMSA’s recognise GPs who have provided long-standing medical service to the people of rural, regional, and remote NSW. Two of his sons, and his wife, werethere toshare the special moment during adinner held in Sydneyon Saturday, November 26.
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HONOURED: “It is rare for rural doctors to be formally recognised for the outstanding contribution they make to their community,” CEO Richard Colbran says.

Rural Doctors Network (RDN)CEO, Richard Colbran, said Dr Sanders has made a significant contribution to his rural community by providing high quality continuity of care.“This award provides a unique opportunity for the people of Singleton to acknowledge the difference that Dr Sanders makes to the health and well-being of the community,” he said. Dr Sanders practices at Fairholme Surgery, and is also a visiting medical officer at Singleton District Hospital, providing anaesthetic and obstetric services. This can sometimes be a balancing act, that is, working in a general practice and at the hospital, but it is a satisfying one. He says he particularly enjoys obstetrics –thebranch of medicine and surgery concerned with childbirth and midwifery. “Although there are some terrifying moments, it is a lot of fun,” he says. “Being a rural GP and getting the opportunity to treatpatients from when they are young throughout thelifespan has also beenrewarding.”Dr Sanders came to Singleton in 1981 after returning from working in England for two years. Back then he came with a five-year plan after advertising his extensive skills in the newspaper -and getting 35 different job offers. And, as they say, the rest is history.

Other achievements: inaugural board member of the original Hunter division of GP,and on the GP advisory committee of the cervical cancer screening program -for Hunter and, then for NSW; a GP supervisor for family medical program trainees, medical students, and John Flynn Scholarship students; qualified in open cut mine rescue, and is medical commander for the Hunter Valley under the NSW Disaster Plan. This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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