Our Image of the Month shows Professor Roger Strasser at the Witness Seminar on ‘The Development of Rural Medicine 1970–2000’, the transcript of which is available in ‘Historical Perspectives on Rural Medicine’.
Professor Roger Strasser AM MBBS BMedSc MClSc DipRANZCOG DA(Eng) FRACGP FACRRM FRCGP(Hon) (b. 1952) graduated in medicine from Monash University (Australia) in 1977, undertook general practice training in Australia and Britain, and obtained his MClSc in Family Medicine from the University of Western Ontario (Canada) in 1985. Following his return to Australia, he entered rural general practice in Moe, Victoria and in 1986 became Gippsland Regional Coordinator for GP training and joined Monash University as senior lecturer. He led development of the Monash Master of Family Medicine program. In 1992, Professor Strasser was appointed Australia’s first Professor of Rural Health and Head of the Centre for Rural Health, which evolved in 2001 to become the Monash University School of Rural Health. He moved to Canada in 2002 to be founding Dean of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Between 1992 and 2004, he had an international role as inaugural Chair of the Working Party on Rural Practice of WONCA. Recognition of his contributions includes: Fellow of WONCA (2004); Fellow of Monash University (2011); and Special Prince Mahidol Award for Outstanding Health Professional Educators recognizing visionary leadership that has changed paradigms of learning (2014).