Former Blackwater doctor Ray Gadd gets top doc gong
DOCTOR Raymond Gadd has been named Indigenous Doctor of the Year.
The Dubbo-based doctor who was raised in Dingo, in the Central Highlands, and positioned at the Bidgerdii Community Health Centre in Blackwater in 2007 until 2010, was celebrated at the Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association's annual conference in Adelaide, where his award was presented.
The 38-year-old has been a doctor for 12 years, and his career has seen him wear many feathers in his cap, including sitting on the Remote Vocational Training Scheme board and contributing to its Aboriginal medical service stream reference group and becoming the role of instructor of emergency management and life support courses in the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
His postings have included stints in remote Aboriginal settlements in the Christmas and Mannus islands, the Northern Territory and Gulf of Carpentaria, and back to Yeppoon in Central Queensland when Cyclone Marcia struck.
He is one of 200 indigenous doctors currently in Australia, and works at the Dubbo Hospital as a GP anesthetist.