Opening Ceremony Guest Speaker
Dr Jeremy McAnulty
For the last few years I’ve worked to prevent infectious and environmental health risks at NSW Health. When the Covid-19 pandemic hit three years ago, I headed up the team that coordinated case investigations and contact tracing.
My Dad (Bill) was appointed as Nyngan High School’s first Principal in 1975, so my family moved to Nyngan from Gilgandra early that year. We rented a house in Oatley St until my Mum (Helen, who also worked in education) and Dad bought a house in Cobar Street. My 2 older brothers (Greg and Chris) and I attended Nyngan High, under the watchful eye of the Principal, and my oldest brother Tim later was Nyngan’s dentist for many years. I headed off to the University of Sydney to study Medicine in 1980.
On receiving my degree I did my medical residency at RPA hospital, including a term in Dubbo. Then, having decided to focus on prevention, I joined the public health training program at NSW Health and later trained in “Disease Detection” with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
I am very lucky and proud to have grown up in Nyngan, which I consider my hometown. Nyngan is such a welcoming and friendly place, allowing a child like me to thrive academically and grow up in a safe and supported environment, that included the joys of fishing, swimming and boating on the Bogan.