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Female doctors meet in Silver City for annual conference

Monday, 18th June, 2012

Dr Gerry Wain, a doctor visiting to speak at the conference with the female GPs in the Rural Women's GP Service. Dr Gerry Wain, a doctor visiting to speak at the conference with the female GPs in the Rural Women's GP Service.

A doctor visiting the town to speak at a conference for female GPs in the outback has described the group as a great support for women.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) hosted the conference this weekend as part of the Rural Womens GP Service.

The service has been present in the South-Eastern NSW region for over a decade and the doctors meet in Broken Hill annually.

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Key RFDS recruit has bases covered

Monday, 6th February, 2012

HIGH FLYER: After weeks of on-the-job training, Professor Jeanette Ward, MBBS, MHPEd, PhD, FAFPHM will begin her new job at the RFDS today. HIGH FLYER: After weeks of on-the-job training, Professor Jeanette Ward, MBBS, MHPEd, PhD, FAFPHM will begin her new job at the RFDS today.

She’s a self-confessed city slicker who has left the towering skyscrapers of Sydney behind to throw herself into the field of rural medicine.

It’s a field that Professor Jeanette Ward, who holds more post-nominal letters after her name than some of the country’s best doctors, has never before worked in.

So she acknowledges starting the job of General Manager of Health Services at the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) on Monday will involve an enormous amount of listening to staff and learning how the RFDS operates and the services it provides.

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Anne spreads her wings

Saturday, 21st January, 2012

NEW HORIZONS: Dr Anne Wakatama says she’s ready for a change after ten years with the RFDS. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt NEW HORIZONS: Dr Anne Wakatama says she’s ready for a change after ten years with the RFDS. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt

 By Erica Visser

 After devoting a decade to Broken Hill’s Royal Flying Doctor Service base, Doctor Anne Wakatama has decided it’s time to wind down.

“I’m not sure what I’m doing yet, I’ll probably work a bit as a general practitioner both in Broken Hill and in the Hunter Valley,” Dr Wakatama said.

“I’d like to wind back- I don’t want to be so responsible, I want to be irresponsible, if you like!”

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Kitchen staff feeling the heat

Wednesday, 23rd November, 2011

BON APPETIT: Helping cook on the day will be (from left) Barrier Social Democratic Club apprentice Tammy-Lee Ali, TAFE Head Chef Lee Cecchin and Astra Hotel Head Chef Jack Attrill. BON APPETIT: Helping cook on the day will be (from left) Barrier Social Democratic Club apprentice Tammy-Lee Ali, TAFE Head Chef Lee Cecchin and Astra Hotel Head Chef Jack Attrill.

By Erica Visser

 The Broken Hill Flying Doctor base has been working tirelessly for days to prepare for Crown Princess Mary’s Friday visit - and they are not the only ones.

TAFE Chef Lee Cecchin is slaving away in the kitchen to prepare a meal fit for royalty, and she said yesterday that she was about “a third of the way” through the preparations.

“There’s a lot of preparation involved, although it’s hard because we can’t pre-prepare food,” Ms Cecchin said.

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RFDS readies for royals

Tuesday, 22nd November, 2011

TOURING: Prince Frederik of Denmark and Princess Mary of Denmark walk the gardens of Government House during their visit to Sydney yesterday. Staff at Broken Hill RFDS base are busily preparing for the couple’s upcoming visit. TOURING: Prince Frederik of Denmark and Princess Mary of Denmark walk the gardens of Government House during their visit to Sydney yesterday. Staff at Broken Hill RFDS base are busily preparing for the couple’s upcoming visit.

By Erica Visser

Staff at the Flying Doctor’s Broken Hill Base are eagerly preparing for the arrival of Crown Princess Mary of Denmark on Friday morning. 

The Princess is due to arrive at the city’s airport via a Royal Air Force jet at 10.20am where she will be met with a tight schedule.

She will firstly be greeted with an official welcome to country by Maureen O’Donnell and a range of local representatives.

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