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Newsletter March 2013

Membership Renewals

Memberships are now due for renewal. Renewal is available for 1 or 2 years at a cost of $90 for 1 year and $160 for 2 years. Please come and join your colleagues and be involved in your local medical association. Your receipts will be sent electronically so please provide an email address on your form.

Annual Dinner

Our annual dinner was held on September 8 at Lachlan’s Restaurant, Old Government House in Parramatta. Thanks to Barratt and Smith for their generous sponsorship of what was once again a most enjoyable evening. We were entertained by Professor Michael Peek’s look at medicine and sport which contained many local medical ‘celebrities’.

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Professor Michael Peek

The AGM saw the current board re-elected unopposed. The board consists of Drs Adrian Sheen, Drew Fitzpatrick, John Hillman, Bernard Champion and Michelle Crockett. Please feel free to approach any of the board members with enquiries and ideas.

Student Mentor Scheme

The Penrith Mentor Scheme began in 2010 and has successfully matched 13 mentors with 40 mentees.  There is no doubt that the Penrith Mentor Scheme has provided a great opportunity for a special interaction between students and senior doctors, which would not otherwise exist.

New mentors required. 

We are always on the lookout for new mentors.  Benefits far outweigh any burden.  If you even think that you might enjoy being part of the Penrith Mentor Scheme, please be in contact.

Send along an email to Adrian Sheen on to help outline the Penrith Mentor Scheme to you.

Golf Day

The annual Penrith Medical Association Golf Day was held at Twin Creeks Golf Club, Luddenham.  This year it was won by Dr Nicholas Spooner (pictured below).

Being part of the Golf Day is a great way to meet your colleagues and it is always good fun.

Why not join us on Friday, 8th March 2013?

Venue:        Twin Creeks Golf Club, Luddenham

(Ranked in the Top 80 courses  in Australia)

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 To be part of the Penrith Medical Association Golf Day, please email Adrian Sheen on

Student Careers Night

In May we held our first Student Career’s Night. Over 20 students from Year 3 attended for what was a fun and informal evening. Small groups of students were able to hear about the careers and ask questions of doctors from different disciplines. We would like to thank Associate Professor Emily Hibbert, Dr Qemer Koshnow, Dr Linh Trinh, Dr Alistair Abbot, Dr Bernard Champion, Dr Adrian Sheen, Dr John Hilman Birin Singh and Dr Michelle Crockett for assisting on the night. Another night is planned in 2013 for both students and JMOs. If you are interested in assisting on the night please contact us.

Student Scholarships

This year we have awarded 3 scholarships of $500.00 to students to help with their elective term in 4th year. To qualify, the elective needed to be overseas in an area of need. Congratulations to our winners Jessica McEwan, Amy Swerdfeger and Emma Pratt. We look forward to hearing about their experiences at next years annual dinner.

GP training evenings

We have completed 4 GP training evenings this year. As always they were well attended. Our GPs found them both enjoyable and informative. Topics included pathology, menopause, headaches and dental care. We would like to thank Drs Marcella Roman, John Pardy. Jonathan Wood and Peter Aquilina who were our specialists and all of our GP presenters. We would also like to thank our sponsors MSD and Barratt and Smith Pathology as well as Elisa Manley and Kate Weston from the Nepean Blue Mountains Medicare Local who helped organize the event and CPD points for the GPs.


We have much planned for 2013! We would like to organize something for the specialists and would welcome input and suggestions. Please consider volunteering for some of our activities. Our evenings are so much fun and we get to meet our colleagues and doctors of the future over a meal and glass of wine!

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