In March 2016 we were pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Garry Walter as inaugural Medical Director of the Doctors Health Advisory Service in NSW.
Professor Walter has a distinguished academic and clinical record, and a long-standing interest in the health and well-being of medical students and doctors. He holds a chair in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Sydney and is Clinical Director of Child and Youth Mental Health Services and a senior staff specialist in the North Sydney Local Health District. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2012 for services to psychiatry and to medical education.
Professor Walter's part-time appointment will enable the Service to extend its reach in support of students and doctors throughout NSW and the ACT. The Medical Board of Australia is funding similar initiatives across Australia
We now have an office in AMA House St Leonards which will serve as a base for the DHAS staff.
The Service has separate funding to ensure that we continue to serve and support our colleagues in Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine.
Because our staff are part-time, we also rely on the support of GPs and specialists who have been so important in maintaining the Service on a voluntary basis for the past 40 years. Together we aim to ensure that every doctor, dentist, vet (and students in those disciplines) has timely access to care.