Vale Harry Nespolon
Sydney GP and RACGP president Harry Nespolon has died from pancreatic cancer at the age of 57.
Dr Nespolon, who was coming to the end of his two-year stint as college president, was at the forefront of advocating for the importance of primary care during the COVID-19 pandemic and strongly supported the extension of telehealth.
In addition to his medical qualifications, he also had a double degree in law and economics, an MBA and a master's degree in health law.
The RACGP said in a statementthat Dr Nespolon's message was straightforward and compelling. “Don’t take GPs for granted and make sure they have the resources and support they need to get the job done and help Australian patients.”
RACGP board chair Christine Nixon said despite his deteriorating health Dr Nespolon was able to achieve much.
“The RACGP Board is in awe of everything Harry has been able to achieve, particularly over the last seven months,” Ms Nixon said.“The RACGP and general practice was a huge part of his life and he gave so much of himself to advocating for the central role of general practice to the health of Australians.”
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