Champion effort: Fellow OAM awardees from previous years, Fred Myles (left) and Joan Howlett with Dr Ridley.
Champion effort: Fellow OAM awardees from previous years, Fred Myles (left) and Joan Howlett with Dr Ridley.

Coffs doctor awarded OAM

MEDAL of the Order of Australia recipient Dr Mike Ridley instantly recognised a young woman at his celebration party yesterday.

“I delivered her,” he proudly exclaimed.

Dr Ridley clearly has rapport with his patients, many of whom flocked to the Coast Hotel to show their gratitude and support.

With a beer in hand and his eyes following a tray of meat pies, he said half the people at his Australia Day party were ex-patients.

He said receiving the OAM was an honour and he was happy to be surrounded by his supportive patients, friends and family.

“I was excited when I found out about the award and I feel grateful that my efforts, in both the medical and sporting communities, have been recognised,” Dr Ridley said.

His list of achievements and community involvement were long running with service to the Medical Staff Council, Coffs Harbour Hospital Board, Mid North Coast Area Health Service Board, A New Start for the Under Achiever and the Australian Medical Association (AMA).

This was in addition to his role as a former chairman of soccer clubs, rugby union president and participation in yacht, fishing and racing clubs.

Dr Ridley was still working as a GP and visiting medical officer at Baringa Private Hospital and serves on several AMA committees.



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