EV welcomes the appointment of Associate Professor Ruth Stewart as Australia’s next National Rural Health Commissioner.
A/Prof Stewart will replace Emeritus Professor Paul Worley who, as Australia’s inaugural National Rural Health Commissioner, has been in the role since 2017.
Her appointment is supported by industry leaders.
ACRRM President Dr Ewen McPhee says the appointment of A/ Prof Stewart demonstrates the government is serious about the future of our rural and remote communities.
“We commend the Ministers on selecting someone who is clearly passionate, informed and proactive, and we are confident they have chosen the best person for the job,” Dr McPhee says.
“A/Prof Stewart is a highly experienced and committed rural doctor,” RDAA President, Dr John Hall, said.
She worked for 22 years as a procedural GP in Camperdown in South West Victoria. In 2012 she moved to Queensland where she worked as a Senior Medical Officer on Thursday Island until 2019. She was then appointed Associate Professor of Rural Medicine and Director of Rural Clinical Training with James Cook University.
Her roles include serving on the Boards of RDAA, the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM – of which she is a former President), the Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service, the Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre, and as Chair of the Federation of Rural Australian Medical Educators (FRAME).
Given her significant experience as a rural and remote doctor, EV looks forward to the contribution she will make in this important role.
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