TWO long-time Mandurah doctors were recognised for their outstanding, long-term commitment to rural communities at this year’s Rural Health West Doctors’ Service Awards.
Kim Tee Ong has cared for the health of people living in regional and rural WA since 1974 when he worked in Bruce Rock for five years.
In 1979, Dr Ong started work in Mandurah, where he remained until his recent retirement.
William Walker, from Mandurah Medical Centre, has provided 30 years rural medicine service for the Mandurah community.
The doctors received trophies for their contributions to ensuring rural and remote communities have access to quality healthcare at the Rural Health West Awards Night and gala dinner.
Rural Health West chief executive Tim Shackleton said it was a privilege to acknowledge the commitment of Dr Ong and Dr Walker.
“Having continuity of care and building a relationship with your doctor is so important to people living in rural communities,’’ he said.
“It enables them to build rapport and trust with their local doctor which has a positive impact on their health.
“Although Mandurah would no longer be considered rural by many, it was not the case when these two doctors first started work in the area and they would have faced many challenges in providing care to the community.
“They have dedicated their careers to supporting rural communities and should be proud of the contribution they have made to the health and wellbeing of people living in the Peel region.”