Australia Day honour for Dr Peters

LONG-SERVING local doctor Ralph Peters has today been named as one of several Tasmanians who will receive the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).

Dr Peters, of New Norfolk, has been recognised in the Australia Day Honours List for his service to medicine, and to the community of the Derwent Valley.

Dr Peters has practised medicine in the Derwent Valley for 50 years. From 1968-72 he served as district medical officer at the New Norfolk Hospital, delivering babies and attending to casualties when the hospital still had an emergency department and maternity section. He has been a general practitioner since 1972 and was made a life member of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2008.

As well as being a former volunteer and organist at St Matthew’s Anglican Church, Dr Peters was for many years a fundraiser for charitable organisations including Lifeline, the Salvation Army, World Vision, Peter MacCallum Research Institute and the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

Congratulations Dr Peters.

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