Staff specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology appointed

Published 26 August 2010

asabHunter New England Health and the University of New England announced today the appointment of Dr Nihad Abu-Asab as a staff specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology at Armidale Hospital and an Associate Professor in UNE’s School of Rural Medicine.

This appointment is one of several in which the University and Hunter New England Health are working together to support the further development of the Joint Medical Program, a collaboration between the University of New England, the University of Newcastle, Hunter New England Health and Northern Sydney Central Coast Health.

Three weeks ago, Dr Elizabeth Cotterell was appointed to the position of Associate Professor in Paediatrics in the School of Rural Medicine.

The Chief Executive of Hunter New England Health, Dr Nigel Lyons, said the appointment of Dr Abu-Asab (pictured here) would benefit patients, staff and medical students at Armidale Hospital.

“We are very pleased to welcome Dr Abu-Asab, who will be joining the Armidale-based Visiting Medical Officer Dr Eugene Mihaylob to provide a comprehensive range of obstetric and gynaecology services for women at Armidale Hospital,” Dr Lyons said. “As a member of the Joint Medical Program, Dr Abu-Asab will also play an important role in training our future doctors as part of their rural-based medical education.

“Attracting high-calibre staff such as Dr Abu-Asab to the New England region is one of the many benefits of Hunter New England Health’s partnership with the School of Rural Medicine (within the Joint Medical Program).”

Professor Victor Minichiello, Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of UNE’s Faculty of The Professions, also welcomed the appointment.

“Such clinical and academic appointments demonstrate the commitment of the University to further enhance the clinical expertise at Armidale and Tamworth hospitals,” Professor Minichiello said. “The medical students will benefit from Dr Abu-Asab’s extensive training and experience while undertaking their clinical placements at the hospital and attending his lectures at the University. It will be exciting for them not only to learn about the field of obstetrics and gynaecology, but also to appreciate how care is delivered in very different contexts and health care systems.”

The Vice-Chancellor of UNE, Professor Jim Barber, said that the University and Hunter New England Health had in the past month made two announcements about the appointment of medical specialists that would benefit both the New England community and medical students.

“These are strategic decisions aimed at attracting highly qualified medical practitioners to our community and the University in order to develop a centre of excellence in the delivery of medical clinical education,” Professor Barber said.