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Tim Fischer becomes Rural Doctors' patron.



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Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA). Tim Fischer becomes Rural Doctors’ Patron

Former Deputy Prime Minister and committed rural Australian, Tim Fischer, has become the inaugural Patron of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA).

Tim lives at Boree Creek in the Riverina district of NSW. He was born at a small rural hospital in Lockhart, not far from Wagga Wagga.

“We are delighted and honoured to have Tim join us as Patron of our Association” RDAA President, Dr Sue Page, said.

“He has a real commitment and passion for rural Australia and a strong understanding of the issues facing those living in rural and remote communities, such as the basic need for access to local healthcare services.

“Having lived most of his life in the bush, Tim appreciates the critical need to keep essential services in rural and remote areas, whether they are hospitals, banks or other types of community infrastructure.

“He knows first-hand the valuable service that rural doctors and other healthcare professionals provide to their communities, and the strong commitment they have to providing this service around the clock.

“Having been the inaugural Chairman of the Health Services Advisory Committee established by the Commonwealth Treasury to provide advice to the ACCC, Tim has developed an excellent understanding of the key policy and regulatory issues impacting on rural doctors and the rural doctor workforce shortage.

“We are honoured that such a highly respected rural Australian has agreed to be our Patron, and we look forward to working with Tim in the years ahead.”

Commenting on his new role as Patron of the RDAA, Mr Fischer said “I greatly admire the work of rural doctors right across Australia, from Wagga Wagga to Warburton (WA) and beyond.”

RDAA President, Dr Sue Page, is available for interview on tel: 0414 878385.

RDAA Patron, Tim Fischer, is also available for interview on tel:0427271456.

Media contact: Patrick Daley on tel: (02) 6273 9303 or (0408) 004 890.