Moss­man’s leader in the field

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

Pic­ture: ANGELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

HARD AT WORK: Moss­man hos­pi­tal sono­g­ra­pher James Hil­ton

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