Queen's Birthday honours for former Barraba GP

A FORMER Barraba doctor was honoured for his work locally and further afield.

Dr Natarajan Subbiah, now of Port Macquarie, received an OAM for service to rural and remote medicine as a general practitioner.

The Palliative Care Unit at Barraba Health Service was named in his honour because of the work he did in the town.

During his time in Barraba, from 1976 to 1995, he was a visiting medical officer at Barraba Health Service, practiced as a solo practitioner and was involved in the establishment of the first diabetes clinic in Barraba and Palliative Care Unit.

Dr Subbiah served as the medical superintendent at Katherine Hospital, NT from 1973 to 1976 when he moved to Barraba.

He is a member of the Quality Assurance and Continuing Professional Development Program, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and a fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine since 1999.

In 2012 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine.

He was a GP in Port Macquarie from 1995 to 2012 with the Subbiah Family Practice, has been involved in the introduction of the technique of syringe drive to provide better pain relief to the terminally ill patients, a technique not previously used in NSW.