Minister recognises state’s rural doctors

MINISTER for Health David Davis paid tribute last week to the dedicated doctors who are making a real difference to the health and wellbeing of rural and regional Victorians.

At a special ceremony in Melbourne last Friday night, Mr Davis presented 53 awards during the 2011 Victorian Rural Doctors’ Awards.

“This event is a welcome opportunity to recognise and celebrate the work of rural doctors and their families,” Mr Davis said.

The Victorian Rural Doctors’ Awards were initiated by the Rural Workforce Agency Victoria seven years ago. The awards honour doctors who have provided 35 years of service, new doctors who have worked in a rural community for less than three years and doctors who have made outstanding contributions to their community.

Mr Davis said rural doctors were a firmly embedded part of the community and a significant part of the fabric of the towns in which they were located.

“Their contribution is more than providing essential health care. It is also providing much needed emotional support, particularly in times of disaster,” Mr Davis said.

“The floods of January and February 2011 were incredibly difficult for many rural and regional communities.

“In addition to their tireless work in times of disaster, the doctors here tonight are being honoured for the work they do, and the contribution they make every single day of the year.”

Mr Davis said the Victorian Coalition Government released the Victorian Health Priorities Framework 2012-2022 in May this year and is currently developing the Rural and Regional Health Plan 2012.

“The Rural and Regional Health Plan will outline actions aimed at improving the Victorian health system so that all rural Victorians have the best possible healthcare outcomes,” Mr Davis said.

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