Professor Ross Bailie, the newly-appointed Director of the University Centre for Rural Health, North Coast.

The Lismore-headquartered University Centre for Rural Health (UCRH) has chosen  a former GP to lead the 85-strong regional institution that coordinates clinical placements for medical, nursing and allied health students and undertakes extensive research on rural health issues of local and national importance.

The new Director of UCRH is Professor Ross Bailie who practiced as a GP in South Africa, where he graduated in medicine and surgery in 1983, and in New Zealand. Prof Bailie is an experienced public health doctor and researcher who for almost two decades worked with the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin and Brisbane.

He has extensive knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health issues, and leads the NHMRC-funded Centre for Research Excellence in Integrated Quality Improvement in Indigenous primary health care.  

Dr Sally Gibson (left) and Dr Carmen Jarrett from the NSW Health Ministry’s Youth Health & Wellbeing Team.

After agreeing not to be distracted by the view over nearby Lighthouse Beach - a challenge, given the stunning seascape and the presence of whales, dolphins and surfers -  around 50 young people knuckled down on 22 September to tell the NSW Government about their experiences with local health care.

"the Gene"

The Gene - An Intimate History

Siddhartha Mukherjee

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When Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species was published in 1859 all copies were sold on the first day, and, as we learn here, “A torrent of ecstatic reviews appeared almost immediately. Even the earliest readers of Origin were aware of the book’s far-reaching implications.”

A similar response greeted the publication of Professor Mukherjee’s own first work, The Emperor of All Maladies, a history of cancer that would win a Pulitzer Prize for literature. It also became a Ken Burns documentary series (shown on SBS).

L-r, Chris Bedford, Assistant Secretary, Primary Health Networks, Department of Health, award winner Dr Andrew Binns and Dr Vahid Saberi, North Coast PHN chief executive.

The professional and community work undertaken by Northern Rivers GP Andrew Binns has been recognized by the North Coast Primary Health Network (NCPHN) in its inaugural North Coast Primary Health Care Excellence Awards.

Dr Binns, described by NCPHN chief excutive Dr Vahid Saberi as “a quiet achiever in the fields of health and the arts”, received an Outstanding Community Service recognition at the awards ceremony held in Coffs Harbour on 9 September.

The same award was given to Minjungbal Elder and health educator Auntie Sue Follent who retired recently after working for the Northern NSW Local Health District for 28 years.