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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
One of Australia’s best known medical researchers along with a former federal minister were both awarded prestigious awards by the Australian Medical Association (WA) at a formal dinner in Perth on Saturday night.
Senior Australian of the Year 2014 and former Federal Minister of Indigenous Affairs, Fred Chaney AO (pictured left), was awarded the AMA President’s award for working continually for better health outcomes for all Australians, especially indigenous citizens.
Mr Chaney has worked tirelessly throughout his illustrious career to improve the health and well-being of the people of Australia, and he was instrumental in setting up the Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation, which helps young Indigenous people recognise and reach their full potential.
The 2014 AMA (WA) Award, also known as the Hippocrates Award, was presented to world-renowned ophthalmologist, Professor Ian Constable AO.
Professor Constable has achieved a remarkable amount since coming to Western Australia almost 40 years ago, and has helped give the gift of sight to millions of people both through personal treatment as well as research breakthroughs. As founder and Director of the Lions Eye Institute, his contribution to the field of medicine in Western Australia has been tremendous.
In other awards, Dr John van Bockxmeer was named as this year’s Junior Doctor of the Year, and received the Dr Camille Michener Legacy Award. The award recognises the significant and outstanding contribution of junior doctors to the medical profession and the community in areas such as teaching and education; leadership and advocacy; and doctor’s well-being and community service.
A national finalist for this year’s Young Australian of the Year award, Dr van Bockxmeer is a dedicated and hardworking junior doctor, whose charity Fair Game has improved the lives of many young indigenous Australians.
This year’s AMA (WA) Healthway Healthier WA Award went to Alive and Kicking Goals, a multi-award winning youth suicide prevention project which uses football and peer education to help identify suicide risk and develop prevention strategies.
The award was accepted by David Pigram and his family, who travelled all the way from Broome to be at the function.
“It was incredibly humbling to be able to present these awards to such great West Australians,” AMA (WA) President Dr Michael Gannon said.
“It is appropriate that we recognise their part in making WA one of the healthiest parts of the world”, he said.
The dinner included a poignant event when doctors who had passed on during the past year were remembered.
The AMA (WA) Gala Dinner and Charitable Awards Ceremony is an annual event to recognise great achievements in health leadership, and medical research.