Dedicated GP advocate wins AMA President’s Award

1 Jun 2017

Professor Bernard Pearn-Rowe, a long-serving and dedicated GP, who has been a constant advocate for general practice for almost three decades, was recognised with one of the AMA’s highest awards, the President’s Award, at the AMA National Conference 2017 in Melbourne last week.

Professor Pearn-Rowe has juggled maintaining his solo GP practice in Perth with his active roles in AMA WA medical politics, including a term as AMA WA President, and his appointment as Foundation Professor of Clinical Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

“He understands from personal experience the challenges facing GPs every day, making him an informed and effective advocate,” AMA President, Dr Michael Gannon said.

“During his time as Convenor of the federal AMA Council of General Practice (CGP), he has contributed to key policy areas including the role of general practice in primary care, e-health, medical education and training, GP workforce, red tape reduction, health care homes, and the role of GPs in disaster situations.

“Prof Pearn-Rowe has been part of an AMA CGP that has emphasised the importance of quality general practice and the need for Governments to support this as part of a high quality, sustainable health care system.

“Amid his many commitments, Prof Pearn-Rowe has also found the time to pen a weekly medical column in The West Australian newspaper, making him an outstanding face of the AMA in WA.”

Other medical professionals honoured at this year’s Conference: