Dr Simon John Grant is set to be rewarded for his commitment to the medical profession.
Dr Grant will receive a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to medicine and particularly to endocrinology.
Dr Grant said he was thrilled to be selected for a medal.
“It means other people have appreciated what I’ve done,” he said.
“The best accolade is feeling like what you’re doing is worthwhile.”
Dr Grant, who trained at Royal North Shore Hospital, as a endocrinologist, said a move to the Southern Highlands was an opportunity to assist people with a wider range of health situations.
“Moving to the Southern Highlands, you have to broaden your practice. You can’t just work as an endocrinologist,” he said.
“You have to see a lot of acute medical problems – heart attacks, strokes and a full range of medical issues.
“And that’s probably been the best part of my career. I’ve seen a variety of health problems.”
Dr Grant has been involved with different aspects of health in the community.
He is the executive clinical director at the Wingecarribee Health Service.
He has contributed to Bowral and District Hospital through various roles including a member of the board of directors, a director of health education and post graduate training, a consultant physician of endocrinology, a visiting medical officer and a locum physician.
He has also contributed to Southern Highlands Private Hospital through his roles as a practitioner, the co-founder and medical director of cardiac assessment unit, a practitioner for the pace maker clinic and a patron for Hearts in the Highlands.
Dr Grant said working in a community such as the Southern Highlands was a privilege.
“Working in a smaller community, you get to know the patients and their families much better than if you work in a larger centres in Sydney,” he said.
“You get to know the families and see the next generation come along.”