2 June 2017
AMA honours GP for leadership roles
A prominent Western Australian GP has been honoured with the AMA’s President’s Award at the association’s national conference.
Described as a “stalwart of general practice advocacy”, Professor Bernard Pearn-Rowe was presented with the award for his outstanding contributions towards furthering the objectives of the AMA.
Professor Pearn-Rowe ran a solo GP practice in Perth, while also taking on medical leadership positions for almost three decades.
“He understands from personal experience the challenges facing GPs every day, making him an informed and effective advocate,” AMA president Dr Michael Gannon said.
As convenor of the federal AMA Council of General Practice from 2004, Professor Pearn-Rowe contributed to policy on e-health, medical education, GP workforce, red tape reduction and the role of GPs in disaster situations.
“Amid his many commitments, [he] 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 Western Australia,” Dr Gannon said.
Professor Pearn-Rowe’s leadership stretches back to 1989, when he became chair of the RACGP in his home state of WA.
He also served as president of the AMA in WA and was appointed as Foundation Professor of Clinical Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
In 1998, he became the chair of the AMA WA Council of General Practice and he was later appointed a fellow of the federal AMA.