Excellence in health reporting recognised

Excellence in health reporting recognised

Tuesday 31 October 2017


The Australian Medical Association (WA) today congratulated The Australian’s Victoria Laurie for winning the Excellence in Health Reporting Award at the 2017 WA Media Awards.


Victoria received the AMA (WA) Award for Best Health/Medical Report at the prestigious ceremony organised by the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance on Saturday night.


Her winning article “The Final Act – the life and death of Clive Deverall” examined the difficult subject of euthanasia and suicide, prompting wide debate over a key issue that continues across Australia.


According to the judges of the AMA (WA) sponsored prize, Victoria’s article:


“…demonstrated a deft handling of an issue that is both complex and contentious without any evidence of the journalist’s personal inclination one way or the other.”


“Victoria has shown the ability to write across all social, political and business areas and this latest award is further evidence of her writing skills,” AMA (WA) President Dr Omar Khorshid said.


“The issues covered in Victoria’s award winning story were dealt with in a sensitive and moving manner, and will certainly stand the test of time as a substantial health and social article, especially as the debate over euthanasia rages on,” he said. 


The AMA (WA) also congratulated the other finalists in the Best Health/Medical Report Category, Cathy O’Leary of The West Australian and Regina Titelius of The Sunday Times.


“While journalism is under pressure around the world, Western Australia continues to be well served by health journalism,” Dr Khorshid said.


“This should not only be celebrated, it should be protected and promoted,” he said.


Victoria has worked for a number of publications over a storied career, including The Bulletin, The Monthly, HQ, and Australian Geographic. She has also worked in broadcasting and has authored a number of books.


“Good journalism deserves to not only be recognised but also rewarded, and Victoria’s coverage of this difficult issue is worthy of commendation,” Dr Khorshid said.


“Without journalists willing to tackle the often difficult and complex subject matter of health care, we are weaker as a community. We are lucky to have such skilled health journalists in WA,” he said.


The AMA (WA) remains a long-time sponsor of the Best Health/Medical Report, which recognises the importance of health and medical reporting in Western Australia.


Pictured: Dr Omar Khorshid presents the award to Victoria Laurie’s husband, who accepted on her behalf. 
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