Professor Graeme Richardson’s contributions to rural medicine will be recognised with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Medal.
A UNSW student and an alumnus have been named rural medical student of the year and Australia's top rural doctor.
Three Indigenous medical students have been named UNSW's inaugural Balnaves Scholars, pledging to work to close the gap on Indigenous health.
UNSW is tackling the shortage of rural doctors head on, and the approach is already paying dividends on the NSW Mid-North Coast.
The Federal Minister for Health and Ageing, Tony Abbott, has officially opened the $3.5 million UNSW Rural Clinical School building in Albury-Wodonga.
UNSW is helping to address the lack of Indigenous doctors in Australia, with a record intake of Aboriginal students enrolled in the undergraduate medicine program this year.