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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
The Australian Medical Association (WA) today congratulated ABC journalist Caitlyn Gribbin for being recognised at the WA Media Awards at the weekend for excellence in health reporting.
Caitlyn received the prize for Best Health/Medical Report at the prestigious ceremony organised by the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance.
The AMA (WA) is proud to be a long-term sponsor of the Award and congratulated the independent selection committee for its choice of winner.
Ms Gribbin won the award for her excellent in-depth coverage of euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke and his controversial euthanasia advocacy organisation Exit International . After it was discovered that a seemingly health 45 year Perth male received guidance from Nitschke on how to end his life, Ms Gribbin broke the story on ABC, where it spread nationally and ultimately resulted in Nitschke’s de-registration as a doctor.
“Caitlyn’s fair yet relentless reporting on what was one of the biggest health related stories this year shone a light on the quality of Australian journalism,” AMA (WA) President Dr Michael Gannon said.
“Not only did she discuss an extremely contentious issue in a manner that was respectful to the victim, but also clearly spelt out the differences between euthanasia and assisted-suicide.
“Caitlyn’s dogged determination ensured that all aspects of the case were well covered in a number of follow up articles, and her reporting sparked a much-needed discussion on euthanasia in Australia.
“News outlets in WA continue to recognise how important health is in today’s society, and for that we commend them. We will face many health challenges in the near future and the AMA (WA) looks forward to working with all media outlets to both explain these changes and to urge governments at all levels to make the right decision in these areas,” Dr Gannon said.