Dr Gayle O’Duffy, a long-serving South Canterbury general practitioner was awarded a Community Service Medal by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners for her dedicated service to the Methven community.
The Community Service Medal recognises members who have made an outstanding contribution to general practice through work in their own communities.
Dr O’Duffy has been a rural general practitioner at Methven Medical Centre for over 30 years and has helped develop the practice to meet the changing needs of the community. She has been a teacher for those who are training to become a general practitioner or rural hospital doctor and established a remote rural peer group for rural GPs in the South Canterbury region.
Previously, Dr O’Duffy held long-serving leadership roles at Pegasus Health Primary Health Organisation (PHO).