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Prestigious Award for Bush Doctor and Rural Health Advocate

Written by: The Hilltops Phoenix

IMAGE: Dr Joe Murphy.
IMAGE: Dr Joe Murphy.

Staff at Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) erupted in applause during the NSW Premier’s Awards livestream as the winner of the Anthea Kerr Award was announced.

Dr Joe Murphy, a Rural Generalist trainee was recognised for his commitment to providing health care in the bush, receiving the prestigious accolade for his efforts.

The Anthea Kerr Award is presented in honour of Anthea Kerr, who passed away suddenly at 38 years of age.

Anthea had an outstanding career spanning over 16 years and was a wonderful mentor and great supporter of the Young Professionals Network.

Dr Murphy grew up on a sheep and wheat farm near Bribbaree and is committed to staying within the region providing holistic, quality care as a rural generalist doctor with advanced training in obstetrics.

As an advocate for rural and regional areas, Dr Murphy received in 2018, the Royal Agricultural Society Rural Achievers Award that recognises future leaders who are working towards making a significant contribution to their local community and to rural Australia.

Passionate about women’s health and obstetrics, Dr Murphy volunteers his time weekly to educate and mentor 5th year medical students at the University of New South Wales Rural Medical School in Wagga Wagga, while mentoring future trainees of the Rural Generalist Program.

John Niven

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