UNE and Hunter New England Heath appoint new Paediatrician

Published 09 August 2010

elizabethcThe University of New England has appointed Dr Elizabeth Cotterell to the position of Associate Professor in Paediatrics in the University’s School of Rural Medicine.  The appointment is a collaboration between UNE and Hunter New England Health.

Dr Cotterell (pictured here) will also take up a VMO Paediatrician position at Armidale Hospital.

“This senior appointment further demonstrates the commitment of UNE and Armidale Hospital to support the Joint Medical Program, a collaborative program between UNE, the University of Newcastle, Hunter New England Health, and Northern Sydney Central Coast Health,” said Professor Victor Minichiello, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of UNE’s Faculty of The Professions.

“Dr Cotterell will be making important teaching contributions to the Joint Medical Program, and contributing to the research agenda of the School of Rural Medicine,” Professor Minichiello said.” In addition, her appointment will allow our students to access a clinician with a high commitment to medical training and clinical service delivery in the field of paediatrics.”

Dr Cotterell has an impressive clinical and teaching record.  Her clinical work includes being a paediatric emergency physician and staff specialist in the Emergency Department at Sydney Children’s Hospital.   She is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Paediatrics) and gained sub-speciality accreditation in Paediatric Emergency Medicine.  She was also a Paediatric Emergency Fellow at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada.

Dr Cotterell taught in the undergraduate medical program at the University of New South Wales.  Her research interests include peadiatric acute asthma management, emergency management of paediatric status epilepticus, and child and parent satisfaction with the use of spacer devices in acute asthma. She holds a degree of Master of Public Health.

The Chief Executive of Hunter New England Health,  Dr Nigel Lyons, said the appointment of Dr Cotterell was an important step forward for Armidale’s specialist medical services and the Joint Medical Program.

“Dr Cotterell will be joining long-standing Armidale based VMO Paediatricians Dr Keith Power and Dr Catherine Wiles to provide an expanded service to the more than 700 children who are admitted to the hospital each year,” Dr Lyons said.

“She will also be a valued member of the Joint Medical Program, ensuring our future doctors are prepared for the many facets and challenges of rural medicine.

“We are pleased Hunter New England Health’s partnership with UNE’s School of Rural Medicine (within the Joint Medical Program) is allowing us to consistently attract high-calibre staff to the region.”