Beaudesert rural health advocate receives top gong at awards night

MEDAL: Marg Moss receives the prestigious David Horn Memorial Award from outgoing RDAQ President, Dr Konrad Kangru. Photo: Supplied
MEDAL: Marg Moss receives the prestigious David Horn Memorial Award from outgoing RDAQ President, Dr Konrad Kangru. Photo: Supplied

BEAUDESERT’S own long-time rural health champion Marg Moss was honoured at a ceremony in Brisbane last month.

Ms Moss, executive officer of the Rural Doctors Association of Queensland, was awarded the prestigious David Horn Memorial medal and honorary associate membership of RDAQ.

The David Horn Memorial Gala Dinner and Awards Night was held at the Brisbane Convention Centre on June 9 after the annual RDAQ two-day conference.

Ms Moss, who gave birth to her first two children at Beaudesert Hospital and had to travel to Brisbane to have her third child after the closure of birthing services in town, fought valiantly to make sure women would not have to travel to Brisbane to have their babies.

“It is important, particularly for Indigenous women, to have birthing services near home,” she said.

“But also what happens when you lose birthing services you start to lose other services too, so it has made a massive difference to have them restored.”

She said the award was entirely unexpected and she did not find out until she heard her name announced.

“I was on the stage handing out awards and it was my understanding that there would be no David Horn Medal recipient this year,” she said.

“So when I heard them announce it, I was fumbling about giving the ‘cut’ sign because I thought it was a mistake until I heard my own name.

“They were very clever keeping that a secret, given that most of these things are arranged from the very office I work in.

“It caught me unawares and it was very touching.”

Incoming RDAQ president Dr Neil Beaton said the awards were a vital way of acknowledging outstanding efforts in a field where medicos are literally required to go the extra mile for their patients.

Dr Beaton said he was pleased to present the award to the long-standing advocate for rural health and vocal supporter for the return of birthing to Beaudesert Hospital.

“This year we are delighted to honour one of our own, our executive officer Marg Moss, a passionate supporter of rural communities long before she joined RDAQ in 2011,” he said. 

“Marg fought for the return of birthing services to Beaudesert with knowledge, dedication, passion and leadership.

“Her ability to effectively deliver her personal story and a ‘never give up’ attitude set the foundations to enable Beaudesert to be the first community to have birthing services restored.

“This tenacity and determination are also evident in Marg’s work over seven years as the RDAQ executive officer.”