Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Dr Joseph Tam joins School of Rural Health

The Monash University School of Rural Health has appointed Gippsland paediatrician Dr Joseph Tam to lead an exciting new phase of rural medical education in the region.

Head of School, Professor Judi Walker announced his appointment as Associate Professor of Rural Medicine (Hospital Medical Education) and  Director School of Rural Health - Latrobe Valley and West Gippsland. Associate Professor Tam joins a team of senior Gippsland-based academics to implement innovative models of integrated medical education in partnership with regional hospitals and health services.

The models aim to advance pathways to ongoing rural and regional medical training to ensure a sustainable rural health workforce.

Professor Walker, said Associate Professor Tam, who has been a paediatrician with Latrobe Regional Hospital since 1998 and Director of Paediatrics since 2004, came to the position with “outstanding credentials” including extensive experience in the development and delivery of regional medical education.

“He has substantial clinical and administrative leadership experience and has established strong working relationships with his patients and their families, allied health professionals, colleagues, students and health service executives,” Professor Walker said.

“These are complemented by strong professional links within the health industry, the medical colleges and medical community.”

Associate Professor Tam came to the Latrobe Valley in 1998 from the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children in Sydney, becoming the only visiting consultant paediatrician at Latrobe Regional Hospital in Traralgon. Over 16 years, he established a thriving practice, spearheading the development of the small paediatric service at LRH into a department of five paediatricians and six paediatric hospital medical officers who provide 24/7 on-site services at LRH.

Professor Walker said Associate Professor Tam was regarded as a passionate teacher who has been actively involved in education, training and assessment of medical students and t, international medical graduates, Hospital Medical Officers and paediatric trainees at LRH.

Associate Professor Tam has a long association with Monash University and the School of Rural Health.

In his position as the Children’s Health Program Clinical Coordinator, and as a Monash Child Health Management Group member he worked closely with senior Monash clinical academics across the state.

Associate Professor Tam is represented on national and local medical organisations and is involved in clinical research.

Professor Walker said as incoming Director of the School of Rural Health Latrobe Valley and West Gippsland, Associate Professor Tam looked forward to working with all stakeholders to develop ongoing medical training pathways in Gippsland.

Associate Professor Tam takes up his role on 19 May 2014 and will be based  at the School of Rural Health – Latrobe Valley (Latrobe Regional Hospital).

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