Stalwart of AMA and community passes away
Dr David John Doidge ANDREW
RFD MBBS FRACGP Dip.Obst RCOG
1944 – 2018
Dr David John Doidge Andrew passed away unexpectedly on October 3, 2018.
A Fellow of the Australian Medical Association, his outstanding commitment to the organisation and the community in general stands as an inspiration to all.
Born, January 27, 1944, Dr Andrew graduated from The University of Melbourne in 1968 and joined the Australian Medical Association the following year.
On graduation, Dr Andrew worked in Auckland, New Zealand before working as a visiting medical officer at The Royal Children’s Hospital and The Royal Women’s Hospital. Dr Andrew also worked as an obstetrics and gynaecology Registrar in Wellington and Auckland in 1972 and 1973.
In 1971 Dr Andrew joined the Royal Australian Navy Reserve. He retired with the esteemed rank of Surgeon Commander in 2009.
Dr Andrew practised as a general practitioner for the Whittlesea and Epping Medical group from 1974 to 1975 before starting a solo practice in Epping in 1976. He retained this solo practice until 2009.
Since joining the AMA Victoria in 1969 and becoming an active member in the late 1970s, Dr Andrew has served as:
- Secretary and Chair of Northern Subdivision
- AMA Victoria Council representative for the Northern Division of General Practice
- AMA Victoria representative for the Department of Veteran Affairs on the Local Medical Officer Advisory Committee
- Member of the AMA Victoria Section of General Practice
- Treasurer of the Section of General Practice
- Member of the AMA-RACGP liaison Committee.
Throughout his career Dr Andrew had worked as a locum doctor intermittently in rural Victoria. He had been a strong advocate for doctors working in rural areas and for rural health.
One of Dr Andrew’s major concerns for the medical profession was the loss of obstetric skills in the new generation of doctors.
Outside of his active role with the AMA, Dr Andrew had also served as the Director of the Northern Division of General Practice.
Dr Andrew was a long-time supporter and active member of the Australian Medical Association. Through his various roles, he has made an outstanding contribution to the organisation. He was a most worthy candidate for admittance to the Roll of Fellows.
Beloved husband to Vaoese, proud father of Jason, Bronwyn, Peter, Stephanie and David, and proud grandfather of Maximus, Austin, Celeste, Matilda, Alice and Wolfgang. He is sorely missed.
Following are a few tributes to Dr Andrew from AMA members who were close to him.
I have known David since 1993 with our work on the Northern Division of General Practice and then with our work with AMA. I have found David to be a passionate, caring, genuine man who had incredible energy for his passions of Veterans’ health, Rural medicine and General Practice. I never heard him utter an angry word despite banging his head against the impenetrable wall of bureaucracy.
He was a mentor of mine and probably one of my best, if not the best supports of mine over the years.
The world will be a much better place if we could learn the David Andrew method of achievement, which was to calmly, logically and persistently state and push your case without unnecessarily upsetting people along the way. I think the people of Cohuna would agree with me.
I did say thank you to David in the past but regret never saying the above to him directly.
My memory of David will always be him dressed in his resplendent white Navy suit at the AMA National Conference Dinner with that great smile on his face.
David, you will be missed
Dr Michael Levick
I remember the first time you came to relieve me in Cohuna; it was in the summer of 2009.
It was such a relief to meet you: qualified in obstetrics, experienced, competent and interested.
I had a great week away knowing Cohuna was safe and you told me lots of stories where you were pushed to use all your skills. I think for you this reinforced your beliefs in rural medicine being a worthwhile challenge.
Every year from then we had the enjoyment of your skills and your frequent emails and phone calls on matters political, clinical and personal.
The great delight you had in all your children and in your daughters following your footsteps, became apparent during those quiet chats we had.
So many patients were delighted to meet you and were safely guided to good outcomes.
It was funny to hear them talk about the old bloke with the beard, but it wasn't me they were talking about.
You have always had the interests of the bush at heart and I can only thank your long-suffering wife for releasing you to us now and again.
I rang you last year when we were under threat of loss of services at our little hospital and you mobilised the AMA to support Cohuna with letters and questions to people in high places.
How grateful we are that you could do that for us. It was significant that we succeeded in standing firm. We could feel the support of the AMA and you in particular.
I feel very privileged to have met you and to feel your blend of compassion and skill over the years.
Your life has ended too soon but it was full and has left many like me all the better for your contact.
Enjoy your wine and rest well after the inaugural AMA committee meeting in St Peter's Hall, Heaven.
Dr Peter Barker
I was deeply saddened by the sudden loss of my friend and colleague David.
I first met David about a decade ago and over the past few years worked with him on AMA Victoria’s Section of General Practice.
His commitment to his patients and community – especially veterans and rural communities, was unfailing and an inspiration to us all.
Recently, David advocated and worked hard to ensure that both Rural and Regional Health and Mental Health were central aspects of AMA’s Priority Goals for Victoria’s Health Care System.
His gentle words of wisdom, care and respect for others and warm curiosity were ever present.
With him around, we had better discussions, made better decisions and had more fun.
At a personal level, he made me feel special and valued. I felt I always had his ear and he always had my back.
I always delighted in seeing him and will miss him so very much.
With my deepest condolences to his beloved family and loved ones.
Requiescat in pace David.
Dr Ines Rio
Published: 15 Oct 2018