Mossman’s leader in the field
MOSSMAN hospital sonographer James Hilton has been recognised as a leader in his field after receiving a prestigious scholarship.
Mr Hilton gave a presentation on the ‘‘Ultrasound of the Male Anatomy’’ to thousands of sonographers at the national Australian Sonographers Association’s conference last week and received the rural and remote sonographer scholarship.
It was one of only three national scholarships with the other two awarded to Cairns Base Hospital’s Tristan Hunt and Marnie Leighton.
Mr Hilton has been at the Mossman Multi Purpose Health Service for 18 months and previously worked at the Cairns Base and in various health services across the country and internationally and has seen a few bizarre things on the job.
‘‘There has been a few cases that came in, relatively rare cases and I did some research on it and discussed the sonographic aspects of imaging the male anatomy, techniques, pathologies, surgical intervention and diagnosis,’’ he said.
‘‘My speech was entertaining yet informative with a few funny bits especially when discussing the causes - I have seen some weird and wonderful things, including a toothbrush.
‘‘It was a great opportunity and great experience for a rural sonographer to attend a national conference, the skills and education I learnt from there will be good for the area.’’
Working in Mossman has been a good experience for Mr Hilton, who decided to get out of the big hospitals and raise his young family in a rural town.
‘‘I enjoy working in a rural hospital, it’s good here and my family has settle into the local community,’’ he said.
‘‘ Because we don’t have CT Scans, ultrasounds are used different in emergency cases, you have to tweak ultrasounds to try and come up with a diagnosis and work closely with clinicians more directly.
‘‘Everyone is close-knit here and teamwork is essential, especially after losing admin and managers which has had a indirect impact clinically - it has doubled the workload and had a knock-on effect having a significant reduction in patient care.’’
While in Sydney for the national conference, Mr Hilton ran the Sydney Morning Herald half-marathon and came in 91st out of 14,000 people which has him primed for the Cairns Airport Ironman next month.
HARD AT WORK: Mossman hospital sonographer James Hilton