St George doctor honoured for 20 years of bush service
DR CAMERON Bardsley has joined the ranks of some of Australia's most outstanding citizens after he was honoured by the Rural Doctors Association of Queensland.
The St George doctor was bestowed with the Legend of the Bush award at the RDAQ conference gala last week, while the invaluable contribution of a flying doctor and a Cape York mental health rural generalist were also recognised.
"There's so many dedicated doctors out there who quietly go about their work day in and day out that deserve the award as much as I do,” Dr Bardsley said.
"I just do what I do and look after patients the best as I can.”
Dr Bardsley trained for rural practice at Rockhampton, Redcliffe and Gold Coast hospitals before taking up work as a GP in St George in 1992.
He took over Medical Superintendent at St George Hospital in 1998 and is now one of the longest serving officers in that position in Queensland, with over 20 years experience.
"I think its really important everyone has access to safe and high quality health care no matter where you live or what your circumstances are,” Dr Bardsley said.
"That's why the flying doctors are so vital in keeping the system going and making sure no matter where you are, you can get help when you need it.
"Its a great privilege to be able to take the journey with patients and be part of their care and show compassion.”
Incoming RDAQ President Dr Clare Walker believes in times when it is difficult to attract and retain rural medical staff, keeping permanent, experienced and passionate staff in the St George region is testament to Dr Bardsley's leadership.
She described him as an enthusiastic teacher.
Dr Bardsley was a founding member of the rural doctors' strategic planning group which implemented the operating principles of the Rural Generalist Pathway for Queensland Health - The Roma Agreement.