Cabrini congratulates Dr Roderic Phillips, who was honored with the award of a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to rogaining and to paediatric dermatology.
Dr Phillips has a highly distinguished record in paediatric dermatology, being one of the few consultant paediatric skin specialists in Australia. He also has a special interest in complex vascular anomalies and birthmarks. A major theme of his clinical work is to help patients and families realise the extraordinary untapped competence that virtually all children in our society have.
Dr Phillips said he was surprised and honored to receive the award and that he finds Cabrini a great place to work: “Both in my medical work and my outdoor interests, there are so many friends and colleagues who have played a major role in all that I have done: teaching me, encouraging me, and working beside me all the way. In some measure, the award reflects my outlook on life, namely to focus on the positive and good aspects of wherever you find yourself. Cabrini epitomises this; for over two decades I have found it a superb place to work.”
Dr Phillips has a private appointment at Cabrini as a paediatric skin specialist and a public appointment at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH). He has been Chairman of the RCH Vascular Anomalies Committee since 1988, and Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at Monash University since 2013. He has held a research appointment in vascular biology with the Murdoch Children’s Institute from 2012, and is Project Leader, Purge the Spurge Escorbia Eradication Project (Bass Coast Victoria) since 2011. He has been a Member of the Society for Paediatric Dermatology since 1998, and a Member of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians since 1991.
Outside of his professional life, Dr Phillips founded rogaining in Australia in 1976. Rogaining is the sport of long distance cross-country navigation. He was President of the Australian Rogaining Association from 1984 to 1990, and Secretary of the International Rogaining Foundation since 2000. He was Australian Rogaining Champion in 1981. Rogaining originated in Australia, and the championship is a continuous 24-hour event. Rogaining aims to support and encourage people to develop respect for and enjoyment of rural and forest environments; and to encourage the development of navigational skills, self-reliance, general fitness, and the ability to work in a team.
The Queen’s Birthday Honours list published annually in June recognises a diverse range of contributions and services a broad range of fields, including professional endeavors, community work, Australia’s defence force and emergency services. Established in 1975, the purpose of the Order of Australia is to recognise, by national honour, those who have made outstanding contributions that benefit their communities, and ultimately our country. It also serves to define, encourage and reinforce community standards, national aspirations and ideals by acknowledging actions and achievement and thereby identifying role models at all levels and in all spheres of the community. While endeavor may have been sustained over many years, the Order of Australia is for outstanding service rather than long service. There are four levels: Companion of the Order (AC), Officer of the Order (AO), Member of the Order (AM) and Medal of the Order (OAM).