More than 35 members of the Australian Medical Association have been recognised for their service to medicine and the community in today’s Australia Day Honours list.
President of the AMA, Dr Omar Khorshid, said among them was Clinical Associate Professor Saxon Smith AM, who has been made a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia.
Dr Khorshid said AMA Fellow Dr Smith is a dermatologist who conducts complicated and often life-saving work for patients with specific needs associated with oncology, renal or neurological conditions.
“Dr Smith has served across several senior AMA roles. He was the AMA NSW President and served on the AMA Federal Council. In 2019, he was admitted as an AMA Fellow in response to his many years of service to medicine and the work of the AMA,” Dr Khorshid said.
Dr Khorshid congratulated Dr Margaret Kay AM who has also become a Member of the Order of Australia.
Dr Kay’s clinical and research areas of interest include doctors’ health and refugee health.
“Dr Kay was the Chair of the Expert Advisory Committee to the national Doctors Health Program for several years. In this voluntary role she assisted delivery of a national service that encourages doctors to enrol with a General Practitioner to manage their own health,” said Dr Khorshid.
Dr Kay personally treated other doctors through the program and has been a champion of doctors’ health in the medical community and authored peer reviewed publications around increasing the medical profession's need to care for its own members.
The AMA also paid tribute to Associate Professor Gino Pecoraro OAM, who has received a Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to the community through his work as an obstetrician and gynaecologist, with a special interest in high-risk obstetrics.
A/Prof Pecoraro is the immediate past Board Chair of the Federal AMA and a former AMAQ President.
Dr Khorshid said: “On behalf of the AMA I extend congratulations to all the doctors who have been honoured today.” AMA members honoured today include:
Professor Prithvipall Singh Bhathal
Dr Catherine Duncan
Associate Professor Robert Farnsworth
Professor Prudence Francis
Associate Professor Leeanne Grigg
Dr Richard Harper
Professor William Heddle
Dr Geoffrey Herkes
Dr Margaret Kay
Professor Alfred Lam
Professor Helen Marshall
Professor Peter Morley
Clinical Associate Professor Saxon Smith
Professor Elsdon Storey
Professor Bronwyn Stuckey
Professor Sandra Thompson
Clinical Professor Catherine Birman
Dr Marie-Frances Burke
Dr Robert Edwards
Dr Louise Farrell
Professor Cherrie Galletly
Professor Kurt Gebauer
Dr Peter Gianoutsos
Dr Stephen Godfrey
Dr Denis Gordon
Dr Matthew Gray
Dr Kerry Hancock
Professor Elizabeth McCusker
Dr Bradley Murphy
Dr Gino Pecoraro
Dr Ramin Samali
Dr Deborah Simmons
Dr Harry Stalewski
Mr Garry Davis
Dr Conrad Winer
Dr Furio Virant