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Decades of healthcare honoured
East Grampians Health Service has recognised two of its visiting medical officers for their long service.
Dr Charles Reid was recognised for 35 years of service to the health service at a board meeting in November.
Dr Reid was born in the UK, trained at Liverpool University and worked in general practice on Merseyside until moving to Australia in 1986.
Settling in the district 35 years ago, Dr Reid said Ararat was a ‘great town’ with ‘great people and facilities’ and he was grateful for the relationship that Ararat Dental had with East Grampians Health Service, allowing patients access to general anaesthetics when needed.
Dr Reid initiated voluntary work in the Solomon Islands, which he said he found both enjoyable and rewarding.
Outside of dentistry Dr Reid enjoys swimming and cycling.
He has committed to again participate
in the Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay and fundraising for East Grampians Health Service.
The health service also recognised Dr Neil Provis-vincent for 25 years of work.
Dr Provis-vincent was awarded a Bachelor of Medical Science with first-class honours in 1987 for his thesis entitled, ‘The Role of Zinc in Human Liver Disease’ before completing his medical degrees in 1988.
Dr Provis-vincent moved with his family to Skipton in 1991 and worked as an assistant in rural general practice for one year before commencing in solo rural general practice in St Arnaud, where he worked for five years.
While working in St Arnaud, Dr Provis-vincent undertook training in anaesthetics, which he completed in 1994.
In 1997 he started travelling to Ararat from St Arnaud once a fortnight to provide anaesthetics for the health service.
He relocated to Ararat and joined Ararat Medical Centre from 1998 until 2002, but left general practice to pursue full-time anaesthetic work and continued to develop interests in paediatric anaesthesia, regional anaesthesia and perioperative medicine.
Dr Provis-vincent completed a Graduate Certificate in Perioperative Medicine last year and was appointed to the position of East Grampians Health Service director of anaesthetics and perioperative medicine.