Queensland haematologist Dr Paul Eliadis has been recognised in the Australia Day Honours with a Member of the Order of Australia (OAM) award for significant service to medicine as a clinical haematologist, and to charitable initiatives.
Dr Eliadis is the Founding Director and Clinical Haematologist at the ICON Cancer Centre, Brisbane and Senior Medical Practitioner, at Wesley Hospital. A pioneer of private oncology practice in the state, in 1988, Dr Eliadis, alongside Drs Ian Bunce and Trevor Olsen founded Haematology and Oncology Clinics of Australia (HOCA) at The Wesley Hospital in Brisbane.
He has been Principal Investigator/Co-Investigator in several oncology and haematology trials, and is a member of the Haematology Society of Australia (HSA) and the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia (COSA).
Dr Eliadis has also been a prominent supporter of the arts. In 2013, he founded The Eliadis Foundation, a private ancillary fund established to support in perpetuity a Professorial Chair of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Queensland.
“I believe the arts and the classics is integral to understanding contemporary issues,” said Dr Eliadis.
“I’m fortunate enough to be in a position to give back, and this donation was very important to me. Knowing that it’s helping to students thrive and promoting the continued learning of classic is a comfort and I hope to see can be enjoyed for generations to come.”
“When I see a good opportunity I go for it. I’ve spent my life in medicine and arts, disciplines that I believe go hand in hand. There is an artistic side to medicine, it’s scientific, but there is also a real human aspect. As a doctor, I want to understand my patients and ensure they are cared for in the best way possible … If we can do something that ultimately contributes to the community – no matter who we are – that is worthwhile.”