TWO young doctors committed to improving Indigenous health – including one local – have been given a new award honouring the legacy of a rural medical champion.
Mount Isa GP Marjad Page and Gladstone GP Claudia Collins are the joint inaugural recipients of the Denis Lennox Medal for an Outstanding Rural Generalist Registrar.
The award was presented on Saturday night at the closing gala ball of the annual Rural Doctors Association of Queensland conference in Townsville.
The medal recognises trainees with an exemplary level of commitment to rural practice and outstanding service to their communities and colleagues.
Dr Denis Lennox, who will retire this year after decades of service to health in Queensland, is regarded among his peers as a champion of the enormously successful Queensland Rural Generalist Pathway, credited with swelling doctor ranks throughout rural, regional and remote Queensland.
In receiving their awards, both recipients acknowledged the pride they felt to share the occasion with one another and with so many of their respected colleagues and mentors present.
Dr Page, a proud Kalkadoon, Waanyi and Ganggalidda man from the Mount Isa region, commenced his registrar training in 2010 and is a Fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).
Dr Page has completed advanced skills training in obstetrics and gynaecology and is a qualified GP anaesthetist. He has worked in public, private and community settings.
Marjad continues to support and mentor students and registrars and has been accepted into Queensland Rural Generalist Leader Program
RDAQ immediate past-president, Dr Michael Rice, said Dr Page was deeply committed to rural practice and was Mount Isa’s first traditional-owner general practitioner, returning to his community to help bridge the gap within the health system.
Dr Rice also recognised Dr Page’s contribution to his colleagues. “Marjad continues to support and mentor students and registrars and has recently been accepted to participate in the inaugural cohort of the Queensland Rural Generalist Leader Program,” he said.