Extraordinary doctors recognised at 2018 WA Country Doctors' Awards

Thirty rural doctors have been recognised for the outstanding dedication to rural communities at the 2018 Country Doctors’ Awards. The Awards were held on 24 March 2018, hosted by WA Country Health Service and Rural Health West.


The annual awards recognise and reward the extraordinary and long-term contributions of doctors working across rural, regional and remote Western Australia. Doctors were recognised for 40, 30 and 20 years of service to rural communities and seven special awards recognising outstanding achievement in the rural medical sector.

In addition to the long-service awards, nine doctors were recognised with special awards for their exemplary medical contributions. The special awards honour medical professionals who have made significant contributions to rural medicine through patient care, enhanced safety or improved access.

Rural Health West Chief Executive Officer Mr Tim Shackleton said the awards celebrate the important role doctors play in rural communities.

“Rural doctors don’t just contribute to the health and well-being of their patients; but also the sustainability of rural communities,” Mr Shackleton said.

“Each and every rural doctor across the rural WA deserves acknowledgement for their incredible dedication to keeping rural communities healthy.”

WA Country Health Service Chief Executive Mr Jeff Moffet said he was pleased to acknowledge the efforts of so many rural doctors from right across the State.

"It is crucial to encourage doctors to reside and practise in country areas to ensure these communities can access high-quality care," Mr Moffet said.

"To spend a significant portion of your medical career working in the country is an incredible achievement and also demonstrates the rewards of rural medicine."

"We are indebted to these doctors for their service."

Mr Shackleton said the awards are a rare opportunity to shine the spotlight on the contribution of doctors in rural communities.

2018 Country Doctors' Awards recipients

40 years of service to rural and remote Western Australia
Dr John Rosser Davies, Manjimup
Dr William Dewing, Bridgetown
Dr Michael Hall, Bunbury
Dr Malcolm Hodsdon, Kalgoorlie
Dr Yet Chee Low, Mandurah
Dr Hoon Loom Wu, Harvey

30 years of service to rural and remote Western Australia
Dr Geoffrey Auguston, Albany
Dr Carol Fitzpatrick, Mount Barker
Dr Trenton Healy, Busselton
Dr Leslie Jones, Busselton

20 years of service to rural and remote Western Australia
Dr Eleonora Brusasco, locum
Dr Ian Catto, Dunsborough
Dr Keith Figueiredo, Geraldton
Dr Charles Greenfield, Geraldton
Dr Craig Hendry, Bunbury
Dr Geoffrey Menezes, Geraldton
Dr Hermann Meyer, Greendfields
Dr Nicholas Newman, Bunbury
Dr Gavin Osgarby, Northam
Dr Melanie Pountney, locum across the North West
Dr Paul Salmon, Albany

Specialist of the Year (non-GP) 
Dr Sean George, Kalgoorlie
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People’s Choice
Dr James Bowie, Manjimup

Medical Leadership
Dr Kirsten Auret, Albany
Dr Patrick Glackin, Esperance

Procedural GP/District 
Medical Officer of the Year
Dr Alan Kerrigan, Narrogin

Rising Star (Emerging Doctor)

Dr Khean Shang Wong, Broome

GP of the Year
Dr Johannes Grobbelaar, Exmouth

Metropolitan-based Specialist 
Bush Champion
Dr Narelle Hadlow, Director, Regional and Support Services, PathWest
Dr Andrew Wesseldine, Director, State Stroke Centre

Chairman’s Award
Dr Johannes Grobbelaar, Exmouth
Dr James Bowie, Manjimup


Previous award recipients – Souvenir Booklets

Souvenir booklets are published annually after each awards ceremony and include images and details about the award recipients.

2017  |  2016  |  2015   2014  |  2013
2012  |  2011   2010  |  2009  |  2008

Previous award recipients – Life Membership

For further information on the WA Country Doctors' Awards please contact the Rural Health West Events team on 08 6389 4500 or via email.