We extend our congratulations to former RVTS medical educator Dr Natalie Burch, who has been named the inaugural Tasmanian Rural Doctor of the Year for 2019.
This is the first time the award has been offered by the Rural Doctors Association of Tasmania (RDAT) and recognises service 'above and beyond the call' by a rural doctor in Tasmania.
Dr Burch is the longest serving GP at Ochre Medical Centre Scottsdale (previously Scottsdale Doctors Surgery) and the continuity of care she has provided to the community over the past 18 years is nothing short of amazing.
Dr Burch and her husband moved to Tasmania to raise their three children after originally having lived and worked in rural Queensland.
Dr Burch said she was very touched to receive the award.
Meanwhile, Dr Louise Baker, who was with RVTS from 2008 to 2012, was named NSW Regional Woman of the Year recently.
She was recognised for her work as a GP Obstetrician in Cowra for nearly 30 years, her efforts in training and mentoring medical students and young doctors and the work in providing medical care to the local Aboriginal community.
Dr Baker’s award follows her receipt last year of the ACRRM-RDAA Peter Graham ‘Cohuna’ Award.