As well as caring for women and couples with fertility issues in the Port Macquarie region, Dr Ray Hodgson has spent the past 14 years travelling to developing countries to assist women with obstetric and gynaecological complications. In 2010, Dr Hodgson created the umbrella not-for-profit organisation, Australians for Women’s Health through which teams of volunteer doctors and nurses travel regularly to developing countries to provide treatment and education for women suffering with pregnancy complications and pelvic organ damage.
In January 2013, Ray was recognised for this inspiring charity work and had the significant honour of being named Port Macquarie’s Australian Citizen of the Year in the 2013 Australia Day Honours.
After graduating from Medicine at Sydney University in 1981, Ray undertook extensive training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Westmead and Royal North Shore Hospitals in Sydney. In 1990-91, he spent time at Whipp’s Cross and St Bartholomew’s Hospitals in London undertaking advance surgical training.
In 2007, Ray gained further qualifications in Cosmetic Medicine and he recently returned to university to study international medicine in an effort to increase his effectiveness in third world countries and to build on his clinical skills.
The training, which has required further travel to Nepal for exams, will better enable him to deal with the political and financial issues that may arise as his aid organisation develops.
Ray is affiliated with Port Macquarie Base Hospital and Port Macquarie Private Hospital where he treats couples with fertility issues and in his other fields of expertise.