On behalf of the TROHPIQ team we would like to congratulate Dr Neil Bartels, Chairman of BUSHkids, who has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2018 Australia Day Honours List for his service to medicine in rural and regional areas. TROHPIQ is a proud supporter of BUSHkids, a not for profit organisation providing primary health care to children and their families in rural Queensland communities.
Statement from BUSHkids:
The award recognises his many decades of commitment to the health of children, families and communities across rural and regional Queensland, a calling nurtured early in Neil’s medical studies by his father Reg Bartels, Chair of the Bush Children’s Health Scheme Council at the time and himself a recipient of the OAM in 1984.
“This is a tremendous honour not only for me, but for my wife Annette and my family,” said Dr Bartels. “It also reflects the work of a dedicated team of great Queenslanders and the many people who have gone before us and laid solid foundations.”
Reg Bartels OAM had joined the Bush Children’s Council in a voluntary role in 1966 and served for more than 25 years. Shortly after his father’s death in May 1991, Dr Neil Bartels followed in his footsteps and joined the Council where, more than 25 years later – and after 11 years as its Chair – he has been similarly recognised for his volunteer efforts.
Neil was inspired by his father’s work with BUSHkids whilst studying medicine. After graduating from The University of Queensland, Neil married Annette, a primary school teacher, and they moved to regional Queensland when Neil started work as Medical Superintendent in Dysart. After the birth of the first of their five children, the family relocated to Brisbane when Neil was appointed Paediatric Registrar of the Royal Children’s Hospital. Later opening his own medical practice on the Gold Coast, Neil maintained his “burning desire” to continue to serve rural children and families across Queensland.
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