SCU honours local surgeon

LEADING Lismore doctor Austin Curtin, who has provided distinguished leadership in the medical and research fields in Australia and internationally, has been made an Honorary Fellow of Southern Cross University.

Dr Curtin received his award at a graduation ceremony at the Lismore campus on Saturday.

A father of five, Dr Curtin was born in Sydney and completed his tertiary education at Sydney University, graduating with degrees in Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 1977.

He began his medical career at Royal North Shore Hospital and within three years was appointed to the role of surgical registrar.

As a surgeon, Dr Curtin has been involved in clinical practice in rural NSW for the past 22 years.

His involvement in research has been stimulated by the development of opportunities in rural NSW and he has been the principal proponent of the development of a clinical trial group in Northern NSW. This program now operates under the auspices of Southern Cross University and is based at the Northern Rivers University Department of Rural Health.

Dr Curtin is also a member of the Rural Health Task Force, co-chair of the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Southern Cross University, as well as being active in the Australian Army Reserve as a surgeon, holding the rank of major.

He said he intends to continue practising surgery in the Lismore region, where he resides on a rural property with his wife, Annie. He looks forward to helping to integrate the good clinical work practiced in the region.

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