Dr Louise Fisher to relocate after 15 years in Bingara

June 11, 2015

After almost 15 years of dedicated service to the Bingara community, much loved and well respected GP Dr Louise Fisher and her husband Martin Hansford are planning to leave Bingara at the end of this year and start the next chapter of their lives.

Dr Fisher has been the backbone of the Bingara Medical Centre for many years now, working as a full time GP, whilst also providing regular on-call VMO services at the Bingara MPS.

“I’m really going to miss Bingara. It is a wonderful town with so many wonderful people, however after living and working in Bingara for the past 14.5 years, it’s time for Martin and I to move closer to our children and start the next phase of our lives,” said Dr Fisher.

At this stage Dr Fisher will be available for appointments up until the end of December this year. Over the next six months, Dr Fisher will be handing over the care of her regular patients to Dr Lisa Brown and Dr Karen Coss who will both continue to work in the Bingara Medical Centre.

Rural and Remote Medical Services (RaRMS) who manage the Bingara Medical Centre will commence the difficult task of finding a suitable replacement for Dr Fisher, with that task made more difficult than normal given the big shoes that the new candidate will be asked to fill.

During the recruitment process, RaRMS will look to work with Gwydir Shire Council, the NSW Rural Doctors Network and other relevant organisations who may be able to assist with the attraction of a suitable candidate.

“Dr Fisher’s contribution to the Bingara community has been simply tremendous,” said Chair of RaRMS, Dr Ken Mackey.

“Everyone at RaRMS and the Bingara Medical Centre would like to thank Dr Fisher for her unwavering dedication and service as a GP/VMO during her time in Bingara, and we wish her and her family all the very best for the next chapter in their lives.”

Louise and Martin’s decision to relocate away from Bingara will leave a void in Bingara’s cultural life.

Martin has been Vice President of the North West Theatre Company since its inception.

“He has made a major contribution to the professionalism of the Theatre Company,” NWTC Secretary, Ros Moulton, said.

“He took an active role in the renovation of the theatre, and his expertise have made a number of visiting shows possible.”