DAN TOO: Doctors Dan Halliday and Dan Monahan with their ATSIC awards.
DAN TOO: Doctors Dan Halliday and Dan Monahan with their ATSIC awards. DEIRDRE SMITH

Two Doctor Dans recognised

TWO of the Doctor Dans at Stanthorpe Hospital were recognised for their contribution to indigenous health in a ceremony at the hospital last week.

Held as part of NAIDOC Week, the awards to Doctors Daniel Monahan and Daniel Halliday were for "excellence in Service Delivery by Staff to the Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Community.”

The awards were made by the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service.

As director of medical services, Dr Monahan said it was important that the functions of the hospital be culturally appropriate for patients from Aboriginal and Torres Straight Island backgrounds.

He said that all staff undergo cultural capacity training.

"It is about setting standards,” he said.

Dr Halliday said the award was 'completely unexpected'.

"We're just working away, " he said.

"But it's very nice to be recognised.”

Dr Halliday has been working at the hospital since 2007 and is almost a local, as he grew up in Tenterfield. It was there that he decided he wanted to become a doctor, as after watching a documentary about Aboriginal health, he resolved to do something to help.

After studying in Brisbane, he stuck to his country roots, working first in Rockhampton and then Dalby. He also took on a role as convenor of the RDAQ-DIRRTA (Doctors in Rural and Remote Training Australia) subcommittee.

In that role, he organised rural health club weekends and conducted workshops for medical students, including some at his own farming property.