Thursday Island-based doctor to lead ACRRM

Thursday Island-based rural generalist and associate professor of rural medicine at James Cook University Ruth Stewart is set to take up the reins as president of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) in October.

Dr Stewart will take over as president in October, following a two-year stint by South Australian GP-obstetrician and Flinders University professor Lucie Walters.

She will formally commence her new role at the college's AGM, which will be held during the Rural Medicine Australia (RMA) conference in Canberra on October 20.

Dr Stewart currently works as a rural generalist doctor on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait. Before moving to north Queensland, she was a practice principal in an established group practice in Camperdown, Victoria.

Dr Stewart is also director of rural clinical training and support at JCU and has been involved with the college in various roles since becoming fellow in 1999.

With 27 years' experience under her belt working in rural and remote health, Dr Stewart said she has "energy to spare for the job of president".

"I wish to dedicate myself to leading ACRRM into maturity as the specialist college that sets the standards and envisions the future to training and professional development for rural and remote doctors in Australia,” she said.

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Tags: ACRRM, Ruth Stewart

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