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KINNECT strengthens medical team with appointment of new doctor

People Stories 01 Jul 2021

KINNECT is delighted to welcome a new addition to our highly skilled Medical Team as Dr Norman Dawes, GP, joins the business from 1 July. 

Dr Dawes will become KINNECT’s first in-clinic doctor and will be based in our Woolloongabba clinic. 

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Dr Norman Dawes joins KINNECT on 1 July.

With extensive experience in the field of occupational medicine, Dr Dawes can perform coal mine medicals, pre-employment medicals, driving medicals, work cover cases, return to work and injury management. Dr Dawes is an Appointed Medical Advisor (AMA) with the Resources Safety & Health QLD. He is also registered to perform NSW Coal Medicals and Qld Mineral Mines and Quarries Respiratory Health Surveillance assessments.

On joining KINNECT, Dr Dawes, said: 

“Having worked in occupational health for many years, I’m very familiar with KINNECT. I’ve known Kevin Conlon and the team for a very long time and have much respect and admiration for KINNECT’s approach. Being privately owned and retaining that fierce independence really sets KINNECT apart from their competitors and allows a firm focus on quality and on helping people, which is really the most important thing.

“While being an in-clinic doctor isn’t something new to me, I am confident that it will prove a real advantage for KINNECT and their clients, enabling faster sign-offs for those who need things done rapidly. I am really looking forward to joining the team and can’t wait to get started.”

About Dr Norman Dawes, GP, Dip Occupational Medicine

Dr Norman Dawes graduated from Birmingham University in the UK before embarking on a general practice career in Worcestershire. In addition, he undertook work in Emergency Medicine and Occupational Medicine, obtaining a Diploma in Occupational Medicine in 1997. He has a special interest in occupational health.

Dr Dawes migrated with his family to Australia in 2004 and settled in Mackay. He attained his Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2004 and became an Australian Citizen in 2006. He helped set up North Mackay Medical, later to be renamed Occupational Health Alliance with Dr David Parker (now KINNECT’s Chief Medical Officer). More recently, he moved to Brisbane and worked for Family Doctors Plus and another Occupational Health provider before starting at KINNECT.