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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
The Australian Medical Association (WA) today congratulated The West Australian journalist Cathy O’Leary for being recognised at the WA Media Awards at the weekend for excellence in health reporting.
Cathy received the prize for Best Health/Medical Report at the prestigious ceremony organised by the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance on Saturday evening.
“This latest award is further testament to Cathy’s dedication to providing comprehensive, engaging coverage of health issues in WA,” AMA (WA) Vice President Dr Andrew Miller said.
“Her articles on the tragic death of Riley Hughes from Pertussis and his family’s strong effort to promote whooping cough vaccinations for pregnant women were compassionate and heartfelt, evoking a strong reaction from the community.
“Her work drew attention to an incredibly important public health measure that will go a long way in preventing similar tragedies in the future.”
“Good journalism deserves to not only be recognised but rewarded, and Cathy’s calls to action will help save lives by ensuring others are vaccinated,” Dr Miller said.
The AMA (WA) congratulated all winners of the awards and said it was proud to be a long time and continuing sponsor of the awards.
“The judges remarked that the health category was an especially strong one, highlighting that health care is incredibly important to the community,” Dr Miller said.
“Without journalists willing to tackle the often difficult and complex subject matter of health care, we as a community would be worse off. We are lucky to have journalists of Cathy’s calibre in WA,” he said.