Top docs in Australia's 50 most influential

25 August 2005

Six Sydney University academics have been named in the Country’s 50 most influential people in general practice by the publication Australian Doctor, with two making the top 10. 

Chosen by a panel of their peers, the selection process was based on four criteria. They must have changed, or have the ability to change, general practice nationally – either directly or indirectly; when they speak, people listen; they are living and working in Australia; and their influence is current.  Sydney University’s ‘most influential’ are:

Dr Sue Page who is Director of the University’s Northern Rivers Department of Rural Health and President of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia. Dr Page is recognised for championing the cause of rural medicine and is listed in the top 10 most influential people in Australia. 

Professor Michael Kidd, also in the top 10, is Head of the Department of General Practice and President of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). Professor Kidd is recognised by the judges for being ‘conciliatory, cautious and meticulous’. They also praise his tenure as President of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, ‘having successfully steered the College though one of the most difficult periods it has ever seen.’

Associate Professor Helen Britt, Director of the Family Medicine Research Centre, who is recognised for her work in providing both a ‘big picture’ overview as well as specific details though projects such as her highly regarded report Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health.

Professor Ian Hickie, Executive Director of the University’s Brain and Mind Research Institute, who has had a profound impact on the way in which people with depression are treated. The panel of judges go on to say that ‘he is a strong supporter of GPs as key players in the treatment of depression and has strengthened their role in the field.’

Emeritus Professor Charles Bridges-Webb, a founding father of general practice research in Australia is described as a ‘doyen of GP research’. Professor Bridges-Webb set up the Department of General Practice at the University in 1975 and is also credited with encouraging and inspiring young researchers though his work as a patron of the RACGP’s Research Foundation. 

Dr Simon Willcock, Sub-Dean of the Northern Clinical School and President of the Doctors Health Advisory Service, described as ‘the doctor’s doctor’. Dr Willcock plays a key role in researching and promoting the NSW northern tablelands and has a special interest in the mental health problems of doctors, especially in rural areas. 

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