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Praise for Clayton GP who has led a career in advocating, supporting and caring for Victorians with disabilities

Minister for Health General Practice Awards 2014

Sunday 2 November 2014

The inaugural Minister for Health General Practice Awards has recognised three Victorian GPs who have delivered exemplary care to the most vulnerable members of our community.

A/Prof Bob Davis was awarded the Minister’s GP Award for services to disadvantaged communities, and Dr Mehdi Sanati Pour and A/Prof Ralph Audehm received Highly Commended accolades. All three are incredibly worthy of this praise.

A/Prof Bob Davis’ career has been characterised by a longstanding commitment to improving the health of those with intellectual disabilities. Over his career, Bob has seen thousands of patients with disabilities, and their carers, and supported and taught other GPs across the state in caring for their patients.

“AMA Victoria congratulates Bob on a stellar career and steadfast commitment to the healthcare of disabled Victorians. Many individuals and families have greatly benefited from Bob’s caring and committed services, Dr Tony Bartone, President of AMA Victoria, said.

Dr Mehdi Sanati Pour, a Mildura GP, has been Highly Commended for providing substantial care to refugee health and mental health in regional Victoria. Medhdi has worked closely with the Sunrasia Mallee Ethnic Communities Council to assist with the arrival and settlement of refugees in the Mildura region and facilitates their access to health services, in particular mental health support services.

A/Prof Ralph Audehm is a Broadmeadows GP who has provided a steadfast approach to strengthening the capacity of general practice to meet the needs of vulnerable population groups. Joining Dianella Community Health in 2010, Ralph implemented a wide range of initiatives, including health assessments for children in out-of-home care, a refugee health service, a stepping-up program for people with diabetes, and a program to improve care for those with heart failure. Each of these programs has greatly assisted members of the local community – many of whom are disadvantaged.

AMA Victoria congratulates these three GPs for continuously going above and beyond and providing care and compassion to the vulnerable and disadvantaged members of the community.

We also recognise the following general practice clinics which were praised for providing comprehensive care to disadvantaged communities:

Winner:
Banyule Community Health General Practice

Highly Commended:
Elmore Medical Practice
Westcare Medical Centre

Media contact
Felicity Ryan
Australian Medical Association Victoria
Mobile: 0437 450 506
Email: felicityr@amavic.com.au

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