Two finalists in country doctors awards

Jessica CuthbertAlbany Advertiser
Dr James Turner is a finalist in the 2019 WA Rural Doctors Awards next month.
Camera IconDr James Turner is a finalist in the 2019 WA Rural Doctors Awards next month. Credit: Laurie Benson/Pictures: Laurie Benson, Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

Albany doctors James Turner and Kelly Ridley are finalists in the 2019 WA Country Doctors Awards.

The annual awards recognise the contributions of medical professionals to rural medicine in fields such as medical leadership, procedural medicine and general practice.

Pioneer Health’s Dr James Turner was nominated for his work in general practice training, teaching and mentor work.

“It’s very humbling to be a finalist, I see a lot of amazing doctors working in Albany, so it’s quite lovely to be recognised,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to the awards, it’s encouraging to realise there are many people out there doing such impressive things who are so passionate about what they are doing.”

“These awards are great for reconsigning what these amazing doctors are doing. I enjoy celebrating other people doing this work, it inspires you to do more.”

WA Country Health Service chief executive Jeff Moffet congratulated the nominees for their outstanding commitment to improving healthcare across country communities.

“It’s an honour to recognise the great work of those who strive for excellence in all that they do,” he said.

“These awards celebrate the work of our rural doctors, who provide quality care to people living in regional WA.

“Despite the challenges that come with working across vast distances, each finalist excels in providing healthcare to the communities in which they live and work.”

The winners will be announced at the WA Country Doctors’ Awards on March 23 at the Westin Hotel in Perth.

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