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New additions to AMA Roll of Fellows

24 May 2013

AMA NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2013 (Twitter: #amanatcon)


The AMA has inducted three new members into the AMA Roll of Fellows.

Former AMA Queensland President and current AMA Federal Councillor, Dr Richard Kidd, former AMA WA President and current AMA Federal Councillor, Associate Professor David Mountain, and leading GP and medical educator, Professor Simon Willcock, have been added to the Roll of Fellows in recognition of the outstanding contribution each has made to both the AMA and the medical profession.

AMA President, Dr Steve Hambleton, announced the additions at the AMA National Conference 2013 in Sydney.

Dr Hambleton said that the three new Fellows were distinguished representatives of the profession.

“The new Fellows have all excelled in their medical careers, across many specialties,” Dr Hambleton said.

“At the same time, they have dedicated themselves to working to improve conditions for doctors, and to make the Australian health system work more effectively for patients and communities.”

Each new AMA Fellow carries an impressive record of achievement, as excerpts from their citations show:

Dr Richard Kidd

Dr Kidd has vast clinical experience gained through working as a highly regarded GP for the past 30 years, and has been as equally devoted in his service to the profession.

Dr Kidd has served the AMA in numerous capacities both in Queensland and at the national level, including AMA Queensland President-elect in 2010-11 and President in 2011-12, as well as current Chair of the AMA Queensland Council of General Practice.

He also represents AMA Queensland on Federal AMA committees including Healthy Ageing, Economics and Workforce, and the Indigenous Taskforce.

Dr Kidd’s leadership abilities were at the fore during the disastrous floods and cyclones that devastated Queensland in early 2011, when he ensured medical support teams were quickly in place and drew public attention to the distress the disaster and its aftermath caused for all affected, particularly children.

He has worked tirelessly to make sure the interests of patients and the views of the medical profession are heard by Government.

Associate Professor David Mountain

Associate Professor Mountain is an energetic and dedicated practitioner who has unflinchingly given of his time to serve the AMA membership and advance the interests of patients while simultaneously working at the forefront of emergency medicine for almost two decades.

Associate Professor Mountain is Head of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Perth’s Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and Associate Professor in Emergency Medicine at the University of Western Australia.

He joined the AMA (WA) Council in 2000 and has served in a number of senior AMA positions – both State and national – since.

He was AMA WA President between 2010 and 2012 and, as a member of the Federal AMA Council, has represented the Emergency Medicine Craft Group and served on a number of important committees, including Public Health & Child and Youth Health, Economics and Workforce, and Aged Care.

Professor Simon Willcock

Professor Willcock is a GP who has combined a lifelong commitment to his patients with a keen interest in medical training and the health and wellbeing of his colleagues.

His dedication to his patients is evident in his unstinting provision of after-hours care and the expertise he has developed in musculoskeletal medicine. But Professor Willcock has simultaneously worked to advance medical training and improve the working conditions of practitioners.

He is Discipline Head of General Practice at the University of Sydney, Associate Dean for Postgraduate Medical Education and Training in the Sydney Medical Program and, for the past six years, he has been Chair of General Practice Education and Training (GPET). In this role, he developed and oversaw the successful GP Compass initiative, which is encouraging the next generation of GPs.

His concern for the wellbeing of practitioners was demonstrated by his long-standing membership of the NSW Doctors’ Health Advisory Service, including a stint as President in 2005-06.

24 May 2013

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Published: 24 May 2013