Acknowledging the rural health workforce

The annual WA Country Doctors’ Awards are an opportunity to celebrate the incredible contributions of clinicians working across rural Western Australia. Country doctors are vital to ensuring the health and wellbeing of people who live rurally, and the ongoing sustainability of rural communities.

WA Country Doctors' Awards

On Saturday 23 March 2019, we recognised some of the incredible doctors who service rural communities across Western Australia.  Congratulations to all award recipients and nominees for your incredible achievements, we thank for your contribution to rural health.

Special Awards recipients

GP of the Year Award: 
Dr Peter van Maarseveen 

Rising Star/ New Emerging Doctor of the Year Award: 
Dr Kelly Ridley 

Procedural GP/ District Medical Officer of the Year Award:
Dr Ian Taylor 

Medical Leadership Award: 
Dr Clare Huppatz 

Metropolitan-Based Specialist Bush Champion Award:
Dr Roland Main 

Specialist of the Year (non-GP) Award: 
Dr Anand Deshmukh

Long Service Awards: 40 Years

Dr Thomas Buckley

Dr Raymond Cockerill 

Dr Hugh Connolly 

Dr Anthony Higham 

Dr Graham Jacobs

Dr Robert Watt 

Awarded in absentia:
Dr Aubrey Francis 

Long Service Awards: 30 Years

Dr Sally Cornelius 

Dr Alan Kerrigan 

Dr Peter Rae 

Awarded in absentia:

Dr Peter Bairstow

Dr Wayne Bradshaw

Dr Graham Velterop

Dr David Waycott

Dr Jonathan Williams 

Long Service Awards: 20 Years

Dr Leanne Abas

Dr Wynand Breytenbach 

Dr Richard Clingen 

Dr Peter Lines

Dr Toby McLeay 

Dr Brenda Murrison 

Dr Sharnee Rutherford

Awarded in absentia:

Dr Stephen Bingham 

Dr Bradley Atkinson

Dr Susan Chapman 

Dr Pieter De Klerk 

Dr Scott McGregor

Dr Robert Seton 

Please view the gallery below to see the award recipients from the 2019 WA Country Doctors' Awards.


Nominations for 2019 are now closed

Thank you to everyone who has nominated a doctor for the 2019 WA Country Doctors' Awards. Finalists will be announced in January.

About the Awards


WA Country Doctors' Awards Dinner

Saturday 23 March 2019  |  The Westin Perth
Join us and celebrate rural health in Western Australia.

Event information