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Alumnus awarded Medal of the Order of Australia

Monday 25 March, 2019
by Ash Braithwaite
Dr Lindsay Marsh (NC 1970-71) awarded nation's 3rd highest honour

Dr Lindsay Marsh (NC 1970-71) was awarded the nation’s third highest honour earlier this year on January 26th. Now “Dr Lindsay Marsh OAM”, he is delighted to accept the Medal of the Order of Australia on behalf of his General Practice colleagues. “I think General Practice could do with an OAM here and there to maintain our profile,” Lindsay shares. “We have been a bit undervalued even though we are the best at providing community-based primary care, and do so very cost effectively.”

Lindsay started his own practice 37 years ago in one of the poorest postcodes in NSW and Victoria combined. Reflecting on this time, Lindsay shares “The community was colourful, interesting and immensely rewarding. We have been teaching & mentoring GP registrars for almost the whole time we’ve been there and they encounter many issues you’d expect to see in poorer demographics.”

Lindsay says his time at New College contributed to the course of his career which lead to his being awarded an OAM. “New College had quite a few medical students in the same year as me,” he shares, “and the general collegiate type atmosphere I found very supportive.” Reminiscing on his New College years, Lindsay also told of the many great memories and friends made along the way: “Friendships made during these formative years tend to be lifelong. I have a share in a boat with 3 old New College mates and a few other friends from New who are like family – all met during my 2 years there in the same common rooms.”

As for words of wisdom from the OAM recipient to current and future medicine students living at New, Lindsay says “Have fun and make the most of your student days even though it’s stressful at times; you’ll look back on this as one of your good chapters. The next 30 years is the getting of wisdom and the changing landscape of medical science and new technologies to keep you on your toes. Learning becomes less of a chore and more of a pleasure as you head into middle age. Even though it’s been said a million times, being a doctor is a huge privilege – it really is.”

Lindsay retired last year and now lives on acreage in the lower Hunter Valley. He busies himself maintaining a small viognier vineyard and an olive grove. New College is thrilled to see another of our alumni being acknowledged for their hard work and service to the community. Congratulations Lindsay!