Professor Liz Davis, Head of Endocrinology and Diabetes at the Perth Children’s Hospital is one of several diabetes care leaders to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award from Diabetes Australia.
The Awards were announced on World Diabetes Day, 14 November, to recognise people who have demonstrated outstanding service and support for people with diabetes
Diabetes Australia CEO Professor Greg Johnson said the recipients had all made wonderful contributions to improving the lives, health and wellbeing of people with diabetes in Australia.
He noted that Professor Davis has built an internationally recognised research program in paediatric diabetes and obesity and played a major role in developing and improving services and support for kids and families affected by diabetes across WA, Australia and internationally.
“Professor Davis has also been a driving force behind the new national Diabetes in Schools Program now being rolled out across Australia and helping over 11,000 children with type 1 diabetes get the support they need to thrive at school,” he said.
The other two recipients of an Outstanding Achievement Award are nursing academic Professor Trish Dunning, and diabetes educator Jan Alford.
Also this week, Professor Lesley Campbell, an endocrinologist at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney and researcher at the Garvan Institute, has been announced the 2020 recipient of the Australian Diabetes Society Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Society said the prestigious award recognises Professor Cambell’s service to education, clinical practice and research in diabetes, as well as her leadership.
Her research interests have included genetic defects predisposing to T2D and the relief of insatiable appetite in Prader Willi Syndrome
The award coincides with her retirement, at which colleagues Professors Jerry Greenfield and Don Chisholm said Professor Campbell was a model physician, teacher, researcher, advocate and mentor.
“Whilst we have all benefited from our associations with her, it is her patients who have gained the most. She has unselfishly given her time and energy to make real changes to improve their health and wellbeing,” they said.