The Australian Antarctic Division’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Jeff Ayton, has been elected the new President of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).

Dr Ayton has been ACRRM’s Tasmanian Director since 2008 and will take over the national role from Associate Professor Dennis Pashen.

Dr Ayton is a rural GP obstetrician and anaesthetist and has been Chief Medical Officer at the Division for 7 years.

The College is the peak professional organisation for rural and remote medicine providing training and education.

It represents about 2500 Fellows, Registrars, practitioners and students across Australia.