Award winner 2010 - Lindsay Sherriff

Dr Lindsay Sherriff, has been awarded the prestigious “Cohuna “award at the recent RMA2010 conference. The national award is for more than 20 years of dedicated service to his community in northern Victoria.

Dr Sherriff, who practises in Kerang, has advanced skills in anaesthetics, obstetrics, and child health, said he and his wife Dianne, who is also a doctor, had always planned to be a ‘Jack and Jill of medicine’ since they were in medical school.

“We weren’t sure if we would practise here or in a developing country, but we knew we had to expand our skills to cope a wide range of disease and injury,” Dr Sherriff explains.

“As well as seeing patients in general practice, you can be called on to deliver babies, deal with farm or road accidents, do minor surgery, help people deal with their grief and depression, and educate the community about staying healthy.”

Dr Sherriff, Fellow and foundation member of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, is also recognised as a keen teacher and mentor. His citation says that he has ‘a deep passion’ for training the next generations of rural doctors. His Fitzroy Street Medical Clinic, which he shares with four other doctors, takes in four medical students a year, and has been training registrars for the past 18 years.

Dr Sherriff’s award was the ACRRM-RDAA Peter Graham ‘Cohuna’ Award, instigated by Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and presented at the Rural Medicine Australia 2010 conference in Hobart. The late Dr Peter Graham practiced in Cohuna, 30 kms west of Kerang.