He is a microbiologist and infectious diseases physician who also heads up the Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at Nepean Hospital where he is actively involved in teaching and supporting medical students, post graduate specialist trainees and infection control nurses. As he has done for many years, James continues to assist Blue Mountains District Anzac Memorial Hospital as a general physician.
Outside of work, James is a reservist with the Australian Defence Force RAAF. He has served in East Timor and in disaster relief following the 2004 tsunami in Aceh. He has a keen interest in health in developing countries. James also has a strong respect for Aboriginal culture and spirituality and an interest in local Aboriginal history.
James lives in the Blue Mountains with his family and is interested in rural pursuits particularly food production in the district. In his spare time he enjoys a rugby league (Panthers) game or two, gardening, cooking and is interested in Lithgow’s industrial history.
As a Board member, James advocates for a patient centred approach and has a long term vision for improving local patient care through achieving greater equality with inner city hospitals and better integration with primary care and rural/remote pathology support.