THE Save Emerald Birthing Group has found a country hospital champion in James Cook University’s dean of the school of medicine, Professor Richard Murray.
Spokesperson Larissa Burnett said a family holiday in Townsville turned into a fortuitous meeting with a man who may hold the key to staffing Emerald Hospital.
“Dr Murray is a very inspirational man who I feel very honoured to have met and privileged that he met up with me regarding our Emerald situation,” said Larissa.
“He is very passionate about getting doctors to rural areas.
“Dr Murray wants to see all rural hospitals as training facilities for doctors and he sees that as the way of the future because it’s growing your own workforce.
“He’s someone in the community who could guide us as to what our hospital could potentially be.”
Larissa said Prof Murray’s vision is to train doctors as rural generalists able to flex in and out of a rural hospital system also staffed by specialists and surgeons.
Save Emerald Birthing was serious in its intent to attract medical staff to Emerald Hospital, she added.
“I hope we can use Dr Murray’s contacts, knowledge and history as a template as to where we can go with our local area.”
Save Emerald Birthing is having a meeting at the Mayfair Tavern tomorrow from 11.30am, with all welcome to attend.
“We are after further suggestions and ideas for how we can make our Emerald Hospital work more efficiently and be a Hospital where doctors WANT to come and work,” said Larissa.
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