Training centre named after retired doctor

Dr Antonia Bagshawe with medical students Andrew Moe, Ravinder Phagura and Jaime Drysdale.
Dr Antonia Bagshawe with medical students Andrew Moe, Ravinder Phagura and Jaime Drysdale.

The $1.3 million facility officially opened last Thursday to boost the local capacity to train and support junior doctors and medical students.

Dr Bagshawe was awarded an Order of the British Empire in 1993 for her services to health in Zambia and she was widely recognised for her work in disadvantaged communities in regional WA, Uganda, Kenya and Papua New Guinea.

Dr Bagshawe told Comment News the facility would help attract more staff to the hospital across all disciplines.

‘It will certainly be a significant contribution in getting junior doctors to the hospital,’ she said.

She commended the hospital for pursuing the project and said she was pleased with the emphasis on clinical technique, describing it as beautifully set up to offer hands-on training.

AHS executive director Chris Bone said the new facility would enable medical students to have tutorials, lectures and multimedia presentations on site.

A seminar room was named after the health service’s long-serving director of surgical service, Tony Taylor.