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February 2013

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Professor Stephen Davis

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Associate Professor Jitendra Vohra

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Clinical Nurse Consultant and Air Force Reserve Group Captain Jenny Lumsden.

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Associate Professor Andrew Cochrane

Health services acknowledge Australia Day award winners

Two of the Royal Melbourne Hospital’s internationally-renowned clinicians have been recognised with an Order of Australia in the 2013 Australia Day Honours list.

Professor Stephen Davis and Associate Professor Jitendra Vohra were each awarded an AM in the General Division of the Order of Australia for their significant contributions to medicine.

Melbourne Health Chairman Robert Doyle said the awards were a wonderful achievement and due recognition for their dedication to their respective fields of neurology and cardiology.

‘Melbourne Health is very fortunate to have such experts and our staff and patients benefit from their acclaimed expertise,’ he said.

Professor Davis’ career with the Royal Melbourne spans more than 35 years – from his days as an intern to his current roles as Director of Neurology and the Melbourne Brain Centre, Neurosciences Divisional Director and Head of the Stroke Care Unit.

Professor Davis received his citation for his significant service to medicine in the field of neurology and is the current president of the World Stroke Organisation and recent recipient of the Karolinska Stroke Award.

Associate Professor Jitendra Vohra was honoured for his significant service to medicine in the field of cardiology.

With more than 40 years at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Associate Professor Vohra is known internationally in the field of heart rhythm disorders and continues to be acknowledged as one of the true pioneers in this rapidly-evolving field.

He performed the first electrophysiology study in Australasia and the first catheter ablation in 1971 and is a leader in the genetic testing for inherited disorders of cardiac rhythm.

Melbourne Health Chief Executive Gareth Goodier said Professor Davis and Associate Professor Vohra were an inspiration to the next generation of clinicians.

‘Both are tireless advocates of high quality patient care and strongly committed to research-led advances, which makes this Australia Day honour very well deserved,’ Dr Goodier said.

Melbourne Health Clinical Nurse Consultant Jenny Lumsden also received recognition in the Australia Day Awards.

As an Air Force Reserve Group Captain she was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) for demonstrating superior commitment and initiative over the past decade in the development of Air Force health capability.

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MonashHeart’s Associate Professor Andrew Cochrane has been awarded the Order of Australia Medal.

Professor Andrew Cochrane is a cardiac surgeon with more than 15 years of consultant experience in both adult and paediatric cardiac surgery.

Associate Professor Cochrane also developed the new adolescent and adult congenital heart surgery program at Monash Medical Centre for patients who require either initial or ongoing surgery for heart defects present since birth.

Southern Health Chief Executive Shelly Park said Associate Professor Cochrane’s commitment to his patients was a key element of his success.

‘Andrew is committed to serving the less fortunate throughout the world and his pro bono work is inspiring.’

Associate Professor Cochrane travels annually to places like Dili in East Timor to treat those with heart-related illnesses – usually young people who are too poor to afford healthcare.

These patients are also often brought back to Melbourne for treatment at MonashHeart.

Southern Head of Surgery Julian Smith described Associate Professor Cochrane as a great role model and ambassador for heart health.

‘Andrew is particularly passionate about making sure good health is available to all.

‘His trips overseas and his success there with those in need is a tremendous achievement,’ Professor Smith said.