2022 - Year in Review

Professor Sarah Hilmer AM Professor Sarah Hilmer was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her significant service to clinical and geriatric pharmacology .

She has worked as the Head of Clinical Pharmacology and as a geriatrician at RNSH since 2005. Her research and clinical expertise is respected both nationally and internationally. Sarah leads a research program in ageing and pharmacology at the Kolling Institute and has contributed widely to the management of medication. She chairs the RNS/Ryde Hospital Drug and Therapeutics Committee, the NSW Therapeutic Advisory Group, and initiated the NSW Health COVID-19 Drug and Therapeutic Advisory Community of Practice. Her research focuses on understanding and optimising medication use and improving outcomes in older people, particularly those living with multiple conditions. She developed the Drug Burden Index, a tool to measure the overall risk of

a person’s medicines to their physical and cognitive function. This tool is being used widely across NSLHD and the Central Coast Local Health District. “I am lucky to have worked in clinical practice, research and policy, with a wonderful network of mentors, colleagues and mentees,” she said. “I am particularly glad that I have helped train clinicians and researchers with backgrounds in medicine, pharmacy, nursing and basic science in geriatric pharmacology, who can help build this emerging field. “I hope that our work improves medicines use and outcomes for older people, whether they’re at home, in a residential aged care facility or in hospital.”

Professor Leigh Delbridge AM Emeritus Professor Leigh Delbridge was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his significant service to endocrinology and medical education. He has been a senior endocrine surgeon at RNSH for more than 20 years, including a decade as head of surgery.

He has also been Professor of Surgery at the University of Sydney for more than 20 years. He is Australia’s most experienced parathyroid and thyroid surgeon and performed the first minimally invasive parathyroidectomy in Australia using endoscopic techniques. He has completed more than 10,000 parathyroid and thyroid operations, and continues to do over 500 such procedures each year.

Leigh has been the President of the International Association of Endocrine Surgeons, founding committee member of Australia and New Zealand Endocrine Surgeons, and Chairman of the Endocrine Surgery Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. His research interests include the epidemiology of thyroid and parathyroid neoplasia, as well as the development of minimally invasive surgical techniques. He has published over 300 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

23 NSLHD 2022 Year in Review

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