Dr Peter Arnold was honoured in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Dr Arnold was Chairman of The Doctors’ Health Fund from 2005 to 2008, including a stint as (honorary acting) General Manager after the untimely death of our young General Manager, John Mackenzie. He remained a Director until 2012. He was on the board during the introduction of the Private Health Insurance Act 2007 and during the acquisition of the Fund by Avant. He remains a strong supporter of, and advocate for, the Fund.
A former deputy president of the NSW Medical Board and former member of the Medical Tribunal of NSW, Dr Arnold was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the General Division “for service to medicine through a range of roles with professional organisations, and as a general practitioner.”
On receiving the award, Dr Arnold said, “I feel very privileged that somebody thought I was worth it”. He considers that his most important accomplishment was conceiving the Coronary Care Ambulance Service, initiated on a trial basis in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, where he practised. This successful service morphed, over the years, into Sydney’s Intensive Care Ambulance Service, serving all of Sydney in emergencies. He added: “I feel that this is my biggest achievement, as it is still ongoing today”.
We would like to extend our congratulations to Dr Arnold and thank him for his service, both to the Fund and the community as a whole.