Henry Hicks is a general and colorectal surgeon who has been providing surgical services to Wagga Wagga and the surrounding regions for over 25 years.
After doing his general surgical training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, he spent another year there as the Senior Registrar in Colorectal Surgery. He maintains a close working relationship with RPAH Colorectal Unit in management of more complex cases. He then worked for almost 2 years as a rural surgical locum in places as varied as Cairns, Orange, Wollongong and Wagga Wagga, first coming to Wagga Wagga as a locum in 1992. He commenced full time work in Wagga Wagga in 1994 and at around that time, was the only member of the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand working in rural New South Wales.
His surgical interests are in the major aspects of colorectal surgery – colorectal malignancy (bowel cancer in all its forms), inflammatory bowel disease and colonoscopy – as well as the general surgical components of abdominal surgery, in particular, hernia repair and abdominal wall surgery.
Away from purely clinical interests, Henry has always had an interest in being involved in medical politics to promote rural medical services. He was the Federal AMA Councillor representing the craft group of Surgeons for 6 years before being the NSW AMA Councillor representing Southern NSW for almost 10 years. Mainly for his advocacy for rural issues, he was admitted to the AMA Roll of Fellows in 2012.
Henry has been married to Helen for over 25 years and they have 2 sons attending university in Sydney. Helen and Henry were very involved in the equestrian sport of eventing for most of their first decade or so in Wagga, managing to get 2 horses in to Olympic squads, but not quite in to the team. Both are also keen rugby followers, with Henry in his 15th season of refereeing rugby locally…when the body holds up!