Austin Health researchers have been recognised by the Governor-General for their extensive contribution to medical and clinical research.
Director of Intensive Care Research, Professor Rinaldo Bellomo, has been named an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO).
Member of Austin LifeSciences board, Professor Susan Walker, has also received the award (AO) for her distinguished service to medicine, particularly in obstetrics and gynaecology.
Director of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, Professor Christine McDonald, has been named a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) for her significant service to respiratory and sleep medicine.
Director of Clinical and Health Psychology, Professor Jeanette Milgrom, received the award (AM) for her service to psychology research.
Austin Health CEO Sue Shilbury says the Austin Health Board and Executive are extremely proud of the recipients.
“We have some of the world’s most influential researchers and their work has led to changes in clinical care which have saved countless lives,” Ms Shilbury says.
“One example is of Professor Bellomo and his work on Medical Emergency Teams (METs). METs were first introduced as a pilot at Austin Health and are now standard in hospitals Australia-wide and across the world. It’s fair to say this initiative alone has saved thousands of people from cardiac arrests’’.
Prof Bellomo has produced more than 1200 research papers, 180 book chapters and edited 19 books. For the past four years he has been named one of the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers – an achievement which places him in the top one per cent of researchers in the world in terms of influence and impact.
Prof Bellomo says he is humbled to be recognised.
“I feel both humbled and honoured by this acknowledgment. I hope it will draw attention to the need to continue to do research in the care of the critically ill and improve the outcome of such vulnerable patients,” Prof Bellomo says.