Raymond Seidler – an obituary

September 3, 2013 by  
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Raymond Seidler was born on 6 March 1952 and passed away on 25 July 2013.

RS-2004He worked in Sydney’s Kings Cross as a GP for over 30 years, dedicating every day to his patients, whether they were homeless or drug addicted, flight attendants or backpackers, bankers or international movie stars. Each got the same amount of time and care.

Raymond was a specialist in drug and alcohol treatment, he treated impaired colleagues, he had an interest in geriatric care and also in travel medicine. Basically he was interested in everything and everyone- in life in all its forms and what it had to offer. He was erudite and charming, funny and likeable, intelligent and humane.

He taught others how to become good doctors- that humour is an integral part of communication. They observed him share jokes, mimic accents and always listen to his patients with a sparkle in his eyes. He taught them and his children not to be prejudiced and to always treat people equally, because unlike George Orwell’s characters where” some pigs are created more equal than others”, in the real world all people are in fact equal.

He also found time to give inspiring and entertaining speeches to a variety of public organisations, big businesses and other health professionals. He wrote both in the medical press and the general media and was a social commentator extraordinaire.

In recognition of his dedication to his patients, St Vincent’s Hospital is naming a clinic after Raymond that will address the wider health of people with addiction problems.

On 30 August a public Memorial was attended by over 500 people and the Raymond Seidler fund was established to continue his legacy with assisting the underprivileged. Donations can be made via the link below – Please state the donation is for the purpose of the Raymond Seidler Fund


He is loved and missed by many friends and colleagues and survived by his wife Debbie and their four children.

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