NSLHD News January 31 2022

australia day honours The recipients of the 2022 Australia Day Honours were announced on 26 January, and a number of NSLHD staff have been recognised for the top honours. Chief Executive Deb Willcox said being awarded an Australia Day Honour is a real tribute to hard work, dedication and commitment to making a real difference in our community. “The awards recognise outstanding service and contribution to the community,” she said. “A huge congratulations to all of the recipients who we are proud to say are part of Northern Sydney Local Health District.” Clinical Professor Catherine Birman OAM

Clinical Professor Catherine Birman has received an OAM (Order of Australia Medal) for her service to medicine through otolaryngology. Catherine is a VMO at Hornsby Hospital and is Head of the ENT Department. She is a pioneer in the field of cochlear implants, and is the Medical Director for the Cochlear Implant Program at the Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre. She has performed well over 1500 cochlear implant procedures.

Susan Day OAM Susan Day has received an OAM for her service to the community through a range of organisations. When she isn’t working as the NSLHD Stroke Coordinator, she works for local scouts, soccer clubs and schools. Susan is also on the RNSH Arts and Heritage Committee and has been instrumental in developing and coordinating the annual Christmas music festival. She has been a huge advocate for positive change to reduce the impact of waste at RNSH. Professor Helge Rasmussen OAM

Professor Helge Rasmussen has received an OAM for his outstanding service to medicine as a cardiologist. Helge has had a distinguished career as a cardiologist at Royal North Shore Hospital and North Shore Private. He has served as a professor and teacher at the University of Sydney and has had an internationally-respected research career spanning four decades at RNSH and Northwestern University, Chicago, USA. He is also the Head of the Cardiac Membrane Biology Laboratory at the Kolling Institute.

Associate Professor Dr Geoffrey Herkes AM Dr Geoffrey Herkes has been awarded an AM (Member of the Order) for his significant service to medicine as a neurologist, to medical research, and to professional associations. Geoffrey is a senior staff specialist at RNSH and is a director of research at Adventist HealthCare. His work in the medical field has also included chairing multiple committees for the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

Clinical Associate Professor Saxon Smith AM Clinical Associate Professor Saxon Smith has received an AM for his significant service to medicine as a dermatologist and researcher, and to professional societies. Saxon is a former NSLHD Board member and is a staff specialist dermatologist at RNSH.

Associate Professor Graeme Morgan AM Dr Graeme Morgan has received an AM for his significant service to medicine through radiation oncology practice and research. Graeme’s work in the field has spanned more than four decades and has included serving as a director and staff specialist in radiation oncology, including at RNSH. He has also had leading positions at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists and the Department of Health.



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