e-Newsflash - July 2011

RFDS fundraiser a huge success!

On the 18 June myself and two other medical students Cam Spenceley and Hilary Von Maltzahn ran an 115km relay from Menindee to Broken Hill to raise money for the Royal flying Doctor service. ‘The retrieval run’ was aimed at reflecting the large distances that exist in rural and remote health care, and the vital role that the RFDS plays in overcoming this.

Along with the tangible goal of raising valued funds for the RFDS, a second motivation was to increase awareness about rural health issues. In both these endpoints it can be said that the run was a resounding success. Thanks to the generosity of a large number of donors we were able to raise just under $12,000. Further, the comments made on the donation website, posted on social media websites, and made in person to us indicate that there was a great deal of interest generated both locally, and more importantly, back in Sydney and other large metropolitan areas.

Reflecting back on the ‘retrieval run’, the three of us feel incredibly appreciative of the support we received both locally and from ‘away’. A special mention must go to our major sponsors, the Outback Pharmacy Group and Dr Flecknoe-Brown who together donated 20% of the total funds raised. Further, Adam Grieve and Brendon Bourne (Broken Hill paramedics volunteering for St.John’s Ambulance service) deserve a medal of honor for giving up their time off to drive vehicles on the day. The selfless attitudes of these two reflects a wider altruistic trend that exists across all facets of rural healthcare.

Looking towards the future, we hope that the ‘retrieval run’ is not a one off event. It was a great event and it would be fantastic if future students could carry the baton further, making it bigger and better in 2012.

Written By Ed Irving


Medal of the Order of Australia


Congratulations to Clinical Associate Professor Catherine Storey who was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the recent Queens birthday Honours for 2011. It was received for service to medicine in the field of neurology, to stroke education, and to professional associations.

Associate Professor Storey is particularly recognised for her work in stroke education and management. She is widely recognised as a pioneer in education for patients and their carers, and established an annual public education series of seminars as well as a fitness program for people who have suffered a stroke. She is the current president of the Medical Alumni Association at the University of Sydney. This is a well earned and much deserved honour!

Congratulations to Gayle Fischer


We are delighted to announce that Associate Professor Gayle Fischer has been awarded an MD for her work "Vulval Disease in adults and children". This achievement has the added prestige of being the first MD to be awarded by Sydney University to a dermatologist.

The work documents Gayle's research of the last 20 years on the spectrum and treatment of vulval disease with the major message being that this is a subspecialty of dermatology and best outcomes are achieved when dermatological principles are applied.

Congratulations Gayle!

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