Major Achievements

Geriatric Medicine has gained a higher profile among advanced trainees and within the College of Physicians under my leadership.  The number of trainees has more than doubled since I took over the Chair of the Specialist Training Committee.  We now have the second largest number of trainees in the Adult Medicine Program.
Geriatric Medicine has achieved a higher status in undergraduate curriculum in Newcastle and other medical schools.  This is due to a core group of my colleagues and myself working together to raise the profile of this specialty.
I believe the care of our patients will be optimal when we can provide interdisciplinary care. I was the first one to pilot a Multi-disciplinary Learning Unit in Australia.  This was piloted for 2 years and attracted national and international attention.
The “Maggie Project” was initiated in Newcastle to improve the quality of care of the hospitalised elderly and my patient was the case study to initiate and sustain the project.  The program is now rolled out to many centres in NSW.
Under my Vice-Presidency the Australian New Zealand Society of Medical Education and Australian Postgraduate Federation started to work together and this initiated the best medical education conference in Australasia.
Research in Ageing- Geriatric research is very underdeveloped in Australia. A group of us did the scoping study for the National Health and Medical Research Council.  The Hunter Area has a good track record of Ageing research and I am the foundation Chair of Hunter Ageing Research, which is a multi-disciplinary research team.  I am a member of the Ageing Productively and Ageing Well sub-group of the NHMRC.
I have been Associate Editor of the Australasian Journal on Ageing; during this time the Journal has consolidated its reputation and is now seen as the leading journal in this field in Australasia.
       I was invited to give a private hearing for the Senate Committee into “Inquiry into long term planning for Ageing in Australia”.
I am an overseas trained doctor and am the first OTD to become a Senior Examiner for the Australian Medical Council and Member of the Board of Examiners.  I have been active in training the OTDs and at the same time arguing for maintaining high standards for them.
Bedside teaching and clinical teaching is my passion.  The Morning Report we have introduced in John Hunter Hospital has become a national model and many others have simulated this.  This is an excellent hand over, teaching and quality control session.
We have developed a website for clinical examination which is available for anybody anywhere in the world.  Our long-term plan is to add, improve and maintain this website.  (http://physicalexamination.org)
The curricula my committee developed for geriatric medicine has become a national benchmark for the RACP and had been highly sought after by our colleagues in the USA.
Organised and Chaired two medical education conferences for the ANZAME NSW Chapter in Newcastle.