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Australia Day accolade for leading oncologist

Date: 01/02/2017

Cabrini is pleased to announced that Associate Professor Gary Richardson has received an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the 2017 Australia Day Honours for service to medicine particularly oncology.

“We are fortunate to have some of Australia’s best doctors working with us at Cabrini and it is great to see Associate Professor Gary Richardson’s contributions to patient care, research and the medical community recognised in this way,” said Chief Executive Dr Michael Walsh.

For more than two decades, Associate Professor Richardson has practised privately at Cabrini and fulfilled leadership roles in cancer services. He is Director of Cabrini’s Academic Haematology and Oncology Service and is head of the Cabrini Monash University Department of Medical Oncology: The Szalmuk Family Department of Medical Oncology (established in 2003) at the Cabrini Institute. In this role, he provides leadership to an academic department that works to continually advance the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of cancer via a combination of research, education and clinical practice.

“Currently most of our studies involve either immunotherapeutic drugs or targeted therapies,” says Associate Professor Richardson. “Immunotherapies are treatments that restore or enhance the immune system’s ability to fight cancer whereas targeted therapies are medicines or other substances that block the growth and spread of cancer by interfering with specific molecules involved in the growth, progression and spread of cancer.”

Associate Professor Richardson says these therapies are a cornerstone of precision medicine, a form of medicine that uses information about a person’s genes and proteins to prevent, diagnose and treat disease. “As well as helping to find better treatments, therapies and diagnostic tests, clinical trials can provide direct benefits for our patients,” he said.

As well as his Cabrini commitments, Dr Richardson is Associate Professor of Medicine at Monash University, Chairman of the Medical Oncology Group of Australia, President of Private Cancer Physicians of Australia and Director of Oncology Clinics Victoria www.ocv.net.au

In 2001, Associate Professor Gary Richardson spearheaded the health promotion initiative Foundation 49: Men’s Health. It was conceived as the Tony Hitchin Foundation and later renamed to reflect that 49 per cent of the population are men. Associate Professor remains Chairman of its Council. Foundation 49: Men’s Health was established to improve the health status of men across each decade of life. Auspiced by Cabrini, Foundation 49: Men’s Health became part of Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute’s preventative health program in 2015 and continues to be sponsored by Cabrini.

For more information about the 2017 Australia Day Honours visit:

https://www.gg.gov.au/australia-day-2017-honours-list

https://www.gg.gov.au/australian-honours-and-awards