Birthing group gets kick-start

MUM’S THE WORD: Save Emerald Birthing’s Larissa Burnett with James Cook University Professor Richard Murray. cont
MUM’S THE WORD: Save Emerald Birthing’s Larissa Burnett with James Cook University Professor Richard Murray. cont

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.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

A family fun day for all

GET INVOLVED: This year's St Joseph's family fun day will have a range of unique activities for all ages.

Support St Joseph's in Clermont at their annual Family Fun Day.

Blackwell comes to CH

IN TOWN: Aussie cricketer Alex Blackwell will be   a   speaker at Emerald's Epic Street Party on March 22.

Alex Blackwell will be a guest speaker in Emerald next week.

Step back for local graziers

DISAPPOINTED AND DISGUSTED: Member for Gregory Lachlan Millar and farmer/grazier Ian Sampson.

Proposed legislation raises ire on local farms.

Local Partners