A long-serving and dedicated GP, who has been a constant advocate for general practice for almost three decades, has been recognised with one of the AMA’s highest awards, the President’s Award.
Professor Bernard Pearn-Rowe has juggled maintaining his solo GP practice in Perth with his active roles in AMA WA medical politics, including a term as AMA WA President, and his appointment as Foundation Professor of Clinical Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
“Prof Pearn-Rowe has been a stalwart of general practice advocacy for almost 30 years,” AMA President, Dr Michael Gannon, said.
“He understands from personal experience the challenges facing GPs every day, making him an informed and effective advocate.
“During his time as Convenor of the federal AMA Council of General Practice (CGP), he has contributed to key policy areas including the role of general practice in primary care, e-health, medical education and training, GP workforce, red tape reduction, health care homes, and the role of GPs in disaster situations.
“Prof Pearn-Rowe has been part of an AMA CGP that has emphasised the importance of quality general practice and the need for Governments to support this as part of a high quality, sustainable health care system.
“Amid his many commitments, Prof Pearn-Rowe has also found the time to pen a weekly medical column in The West Australian newspaper, making him an outstanding face of the AMA in WA.”
Prof Pearn-Rowe was chair of the Royal Australian College of General Practice (RACGP) in Western Australia from 1989 to 1993, Chair of the AMA WA Council of General Practice (CGP) from 1998 to 2001, and Convenor of the Federal AMA CGP since 2004. He was appointed a Fellow of the federal AMA in 2004.
The President’s Award may be made to a person, not necessarily a medical practitioner, who, in the eyes of the AMA President, has made an outstanding contribution toward furthering the objectives of the AMA.
Dr Gannon presented Prof Pearn-Rowe with his Award at the AMA National Conference 2017 Gala Dinner in Melbourne.
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