Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (18:39:48): I acknowledge the recent passing of Dr Bruce Messmer and send my condolences to his wife, Marie, and family. Dr Messmer was a general surgeon who worked in Maitland. In 1963 he joined a growing practice in Morpeth, performing up to 100 house calls a day. Dr Messmer was a consultant surgeon in High Street and ended his medical career at his Church Street practice in 1995.

Over the years he cared for hundreds of families and became a trusted member of their extended families. Dr Messmer's obituary in the Maitland Mercury observed that he was quietly spoken but loved medicine and looking after his patients. Even at the end of his career, it was not uncommon for him to still be at hospital at midnight. I thank Dr Messmer for his passion and for his dedication to the medical fraternity and to the Maitland community.

I pay my deepest respects to his family on behalf of a grateful community. Dr Messmer made a positive impact on many patients and his warmth and professionalism will never be forgotten.