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The Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer's
Graeme Young has been named South
Australia's Scientist of the Year for 2013.
Professor Young is the former Head of
Gastroenterology at Flinders Medical Centre
(FMC) and Repatriation General Hospital, was
awarded the prestigious accolade at the Science
Excellence Awards -- the state's premier event
to honour outstanding achievers in science and
The Professor of Global Gastrointestinal Health
at Flinders University was recognised for the
instrumental role he has played in developing the
National Bowel Cancer Screening Program, as
well as his tireless efforts preventing infant deaths
from diarrhoea in developing countries as the
lead investigator on a major international project.
He was also acknowledged for his key role in
establishing the Flinders Centre for Innovation
in Cancer -- a leading cancer centre based at
the FMC campus, housing world-class care and
survivorship services, alongside innovative cancer
prevention and early intervention research.
Flinders Medical Centre's Ruth Withey has
won the 2013 Member of Parliament's National
Volunteer of the Year Award.
The award is presented by South Australian
Members of Parliament to recognise individuals
who make an exceptional contribution to the
community through their volunteering efforts.
Ruth works full time as FMC's Parkinson's Clinical
Practice Consultant, but has spent time out of work,
helping Parkinson's SA run education sessions and
support groups for people with Parkinson's.
Ruth -- like most volunteers -- does not volunteer
for recognition, but said the award made her feel
"humbled" and "honoured".
"Volunteering is not work to me -- it is such a
privilege to work with these lovely people and their
families," Ruth, who has been volunteering for
three years, said.
Ruth received a certificate of appreciation signed
by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, The Hon
Julie Collins MP and Federal Member for Makin,
Tony Zappia MP.
Sharon Barlow has won the Multiple Sclerosis
(MS) Nurses Australasia Nurse of the Year Award.
Sharon has been working as an MS Clinical Practice
Consultant for the past 11 years. Since 2007 she
has worked as part of the MS Service at FMC,
supporting and educating people with MS.
Sharon said her nomination reflected the work of
the FMC MS Service as much as her individual role.
"It is an honour to be held in high esteem by my
peers, but the truth is that none of us work in
isolation and I am so lucky to work in a great team
where everyone contributes something valuable to
really make a difference," she said.
Sharon provides a range of support for MS patients
to help reduce the impact those patients may
otherwise have on emergency departments or in
"I am grateful for the opportunity to work in a
role where I can support and educate individual
patients with MS and assist them to reduce the
impact of their disease, and at the same time
reduce the burden on acute health care services."
The Council was appointed by the Minister
for Health and Ageing in 2011 to provide
strategic advisory support to SALHN. The
Council consists of professionals with
diverse backgrounds who have expertise in
delivering clinical care, health management,
Aboriginal health, consumer engagement
and accounting/financial management.
The Council works closely with the Minister
for Health and Ageing, Jack Snelling, and
SALHN Chief Executive Officer, Belinda
From the Presiding Member
Hello, my name is Helena Williams and I am the Presiding Member of the
Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN) Governing Council.
Moyes. Our members are passionate about
health in the southern suburbs and we have
a particular interest in safety and quality,
partnerships with consumers, integration between
acute and primary health services and workforce
Governing Council meetings are held six times
each year. SALHN's financial information and
performance indicators are reviewed by the
Council at each meeting and we welcome guest
speakers about key issues facing the southern
suburbs which affect the delivery of health
care and positive health outcomes.
Updates are provided following each meeting
and these can be found on the SA Health website
at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/SALHN. Click on the
tab labelled 'governance and membership'.
I look forward to providing you with more
updates from the Governing Council. We
can be contacted through the SALHN Office
of the CEO at health.SALHNCEOOffice@
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