Brisbane doctor’s hard work honoured

Dr Bob Brown.

Former Army doctor and Brisbane GP Dr Bob Brown has been awarded AMA Queensland Gold Medal, the organisation’s highest award for outstanding service to the community and the practice of medicine.

Dr Brown was one of three award recipients announced at the Dinner for the Profession, AMA Queensland’s annual black-tie event in Brisbane on 15 July.

Dr Brown has given years of service to medical associations at the local, state and national level. He is a Past President of both AMA Queensland and local medical associations on Brisbane’s northside.

He is a practising GP in Taigum, with special interests in children’s health and diabetes, and enjoys being able to help all of his patients keep in good health, regardless of their age or medical requirements.

AMA Queensland President Dr Maria Boulton said Dr Brown wholeheartedly deserved AMA Queensland’s Gold Medal.

“Dr Brown has been a stalwart of general practice in Brisbane and has advocated for GPs at all levels and I take great pleasure in awarding him the gold medal,” Dr Boulton said.

Mackay paediatrician Dr Michael Williams received the AMA Queensland Rural Health Medal for providing outstanding health and advocacy services to their rural community.

Dr Williams has been a pioneer in delivering paediatric services for rural patients in the Mackay region through outreach visits and telehealth consults.

He established his private telehealth service for rural children in Queensland in 2016, delivering 60 to 70 consultations a month.

The third award of the evening, the AMA Queensland Excellence in Health Care Medal went to Professor Cindy Shannon AM, a First Nations woman and Emeritus Professor who has led major reforms in Indigenous health.

Prof Shannon is a descendant of the Ngugi people from Moreton Bay and is one of Australia’s foremost higher education Indigenous leaders.

She is the first Pro Vice Chancellor (Indigenous) at Griffith University, where she works alongside colleagues to enable all aspects of the university’s First Nations engagement.

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