Proud Pat delighted with OAM award
FOR migrant Pat Grier today’s award ofa Member of the General Order of Australia (OAM) is the sweetest gong of all he has received during his many years in the health profession.
“I’m absolutely chuffed,” he said. “I’m over the moon because it’s Australian. My wife and I arrived here (from Zimbabwe) with nothing except three suitcases ... that’s why it means so much to us. We are proud Australians.”
Mr Grier was awarded his OAM ‘for service to the health care industry throughexecutive and administrative roles, to the provision of improved services for psychiatric care and as a supporter of a range of medical and charitable organisations’.
After immigrating in 1980, he became chief executive at a Sydney hospital before being appointed to Ramsey Health Care in 1988, where he set about improving psychiatric care and ensuring it was covered by health funds.
While he has served with distinction on numerous national medical boards, yesterday Mr Grier, who moved to the Northern Rivers 18 months ago, was more interested in talking about the future.
He has been appointed as the chair of the Southern Cross University Foundation which, among other things, is hoping to establish a Regional Futures Institute to help drive business and tourism in the region.
“The Northern Rivers is full of energy and I want to be part of its future,” he said.