August 2008 media release for School of Rural Health
Media release

TURNING ON THE LIGHTS CEREMONY FOR TENNIS COURTS AT THE SCHOOL OF RURAL HEALTH

28 July 2008

On Wednesday evening (30th July), the Sub Dean Dubbo campus, of the School of Rural Health Associate Professor Robert North will turn on the night lights of new tennis courts. Court construction has been a long held passion of the Sub Dean.

Along with a pool the original court, which Professor North, Sub Dean at the Dubbo Campus, thinks dates from “about 1936”, contributed to the high morale and pride in the hospital which existed during the 70’s and 80’s. About 1970, a swimming pool was constructed, mainly with funds raised by the Graduate Nurses’ Association, and a contribution from the Dubbo Medical Society. Work carried out between 1996 and 1999 to make way for emergency and radiology facilities destroyed a valuable/educational precinct, says Prof North. The swimming pool was relocated but the tennis court was not relocated.

Now The University of Sydney’s Corporate Services and the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Medicine have provided funds for the construction of the tennis courts, in a location beside the swimming pool, primarily for students at the School of Rural Health.

The new tennis court will also be available for use by Greater Western Health and Dubbo Base Hospital employees.

The School of Rural Health primarily based in Dubbo and Orange was set up to give medical students a taste of rural life and encourages them to consider a medical career in a rural location upon graduation.