Dr Trevor Cheney Wins The Bowman Cutter Award

Dr Trevor Cheney has been recognised by the Rural Doctors Association of NSW with the Bowman Cutter Award.


THE Rural Doctors Association of NSW President Dr Charles Evill, announced Bellingen’s Doctor Trevor Cheney as the recipient of the Bowman Cutter Award 2020.

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“The award recognises rural doctors who have continued to dedicate their time, skills and voice to their communities, including during what has been a very challenging year,” said Dr Evill.

Dr Trevor Cheney, from Three Rivers Health & Medical in Bellingen, was presented with the Bowman Cutter Award 2020 to acknowledge his exceptional services to RDANSW and his strong, ongoing advocacy for rural doctors and rural healthcare.

“Dr Cheney has worked as a doctor in Bellingen for over 19 years,” Dr Evill said.

“He also provided obstetrics care there until the service was closed, despite his strong objections.

“He has continued to advocate for the preservation of rural hospital services, and he is passionate about appropriate remuneration for rural doctors.”

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr Cheney was one of the first GPs to work in collaboration with other private medical and health practitioners in his area, the Bellingen Shire, which set up a dedicated drive through COVID-19 testing clinic.

Throughout the pandemic, Dr Cheney has provided regular weekly updates via an online newsletter to keep residents informed and reassured.

“Dr Cheney is a GP VMO at his local hospital and works in his practice alongside his wife and Practice Manager, Vicki.

“While Dr Cheney has a strong focus on local issues and helping his local community, he also has the broader picture in view and continues to push NSW Health to keep rural services going across the state,” Dr Evill said.

He is also an active teacher and mentor.

“Dr Cheney epitomizes those qualities that RDANSW prizes in its role as an advocate for rural doctors.

“I have great pleasure in awarding the Bowman Cutter Award to Trevor.

Keep up the great work Trevor and thanks a lot!”

The Bowman Cutter Award commemorates the role played by Dr Geoff Cutter and Dr Chris Bowman in establishing the Rural Doctors Association in NSW.


By Sandra MOON

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