AFTER 20 years, a man who has donated his time to ensuring diabetes sufferers in Griffith get the best possible care has called it a day.
Professor Dennis Yue has been bringing a specialist team including one other doctor, nurses, podiatrist and a dietician three times a year for two days of intensive consultation with people experiencing complications with their diabetes control.
While Prof Yue will continue to practice at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney until the end of this year, he saw his final local last Friday at the Griffith Community Health Centre and said he would miss the city and its people.
“It was by accident that I started coming here,” Prof Yue said.
“Initially I came to do a talk during Diabetes Week and brought two or three others with me.
“The local people loved it and invited us to come back.
“It has been almost 20 years to the day. I think it’s a good service for people. Griffith is one of the few towns that can offer multi disciplinary diabetes care. It is even hard to get it in places like Sydney and Melbourne.”
Prof Yue said he had many happy memories of his visits to Griffith.
“There is no question that I’ve got drunk many times on Griffith wine,” he said.
“I’ll miss it but the time has come for me to retire. I have been practising for 44 years and 20 of those I’ve been coming to Griffith.
“I am very appreciative of the local community bringing us here. Local people raise money to cover our airfares and accommodation.”
Besides Prof Yue, the team consists of Prof Stephen Twigg, Dr Jane Overland, Professor Marg McGill, Anna-Jane Harding, Karen Claassen, Maria Constantino, Thyra Bolton and Deborah Foot.