NSWNA members will be saddened to learn of the untimely death of Tony Dobson. A long-time member of the Association including a period as delegate for Rankin Park Hospital in Newcastle, Tony is remembered as a nurse who cared more for the patients and his workmates than he did for the hierarchy.
He was in the first intake of students to undertake university-based education. His first graduate position was at Rankin Park Hospital in Newcastle, where he went on to become CNS in Rehabilitation and then NUM.
In 1999 Tony was seconded to develop the first Transitional Aged Care unit in Australia – the Pacific Care Centre based at the Royal Newcastle Hospital. He was more recently managing CACPS and EACH services in the Port Stephens Area for CCA.
Tony’s family, wife Pauline (a CNC in the Hunter New England Health Service), daughter Michelle and son Richard were joined by family and a large number of his colleagues at a memorial service to remember with great affection a man with a sharp sense of humour and a warm heart. He was everybody’s great mate.
By Ian O’Dea, Hunter New England AHS
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