Medal of Distinction 2023

Nominations have now closed. Thank you for acknowledging your colleagues for their exceptional contribution to women’s health and well-being.

Do you know of a colleague or leader in women's healthcare whose exceptional endeavours have led to genuine improvements in women’s health?

If you do, please nominate them for the Women’s Healthcare Australasia Medal of Distinction for 2023, to be awarded at the MGP networking dinner on 20 November 2023, Novotel Sydney Olympic Park.

The WHA Medal of Distinction honours those individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to improving the health of women and babies through service provision, leadership, or advocacy. The WHA Medal of Distinction may be awarded both to individuals directly affiliated with WHA and also to members of the broader healthcare community.

Current Women's Healthcare Australasia Policy for the Medal of Distinction:

The medal may be awarded to members and non-members of Women’s Healthcare Australasia. For those directly affiliated with WHA, the criteria for awarding the Medal of Distinction include a significant period of service to WHA, and sustained leadership and advocacy for women’s health. The Medal of Distinction is not awarded for long service but, rather, for exceptional and meritorious service. For members of the broader community, the criterion is recognition at a national level for leadership and advocacy for women’s health.

Access the nomination form here:

If you have any questions regarding nominations, please call our team on +61 (02) 6185 0325 or email us here.

Congratulations to our 2023 Medal of Distinction Recipient:
Professor Susan Walker.

Professor Walker founded and continues to lead the Perinatal Medicine Unit at Mercy Hospital, a leading national centre of maternal-fetal medicine. This position provides an opportunity for Professor Walker to not only provide on-the-ground patient care, but lead research programs tackling the most grave of conditions facing pregnant women. Being a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Melbourne, she is a fierce proponent of high-quality clinical teaching in Women’s Health. She is deeply committed to mentoring the next generation of clinicians and academics.

At Mercy Health, Susan has additional leadership responsibilities in strategy development, quality and safety initiatives, model of care planning and delivery, leadership in high-risk pregnancy care for North-eastern Victoria as well as multidisciplinary and vocational teaching.

At the pointy end of complex pregnancy care, Professor Walker is a surgeon and Clinical Director of the Victorian Fetal Therapy Service, providing world-class care to patients whose unborn babies require surgical interventions just to survive.