Travelled doctor settles in Grafton

By EMMA CORNFORD

JEAN Collie has worked in hospitals all over Australia, including stints in Mt Isa, Alice Springs and Brisbane.

Now Dr Collie is in the Clarence Valley to take up the position of director of medical services at Grafton Base Hospital.

Trained as a doctor at the University of Queensland, Dr Collie decided not to move into the practical field but specialised in medical administration instead.

"I think it's important to support doctors and allied health professionals with skills and experience because it's a tough life for clinicians with increased public and professional expectations and that's what really interested me," she said.

Dr Collie will be in charge of recruitment for the hospital ? a position which has not been filled on a full-time basis for some time.

"I'll really be building on the good job the executive management and medical staff have already done here ... and looking at the direction the new area health service is going."

She said so far she liked what the Clarence Valley had to offer.

"I really like the feel of the town because the atmosphere is really friendly and people are very helpful which is something quite unique in Australia these days with such a hectic pace."



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