Professor Len Notaras awarded 2015 Sidney Sax medal

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Professor Len Notaras AM has been awarded the Sidney Sax medal by the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association for his decades of stellar work in health and disaster response, at a presentation dinner in Brisbane overnight.

“The Sidney Sax medal is awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the development and improvement of the Australian healthcare system in the field of health services policy, organisation, delivery and research,” AHHA Chief Executive Alison Verhoeven said.

“Professor Notaras is a very worthy recipient of the medal, having worked tirelessly to address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health issues in the Northern Territory, his managing of the disaster response to the Bali bombings, and for his role in establishing the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) in Darwin.”

The current Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Territory Department of Health, Professor Notaras has also served as the Medical Superintendent at Royal Darwin Hospital and the Executive Director of the NCCTRC.

In his position at Royal Darwin Hospital, Professor Notaras coordinated the treatment of dozens of injured victims of the 2002 and 2005 Bali bombings, many of whom arrived at the hospital in a critical condition.

His vision and drive were central to the establishment of the NCCTRC in Darwin, which under his leadership deployed response teams to the Ashmore Reef Siev 36 boat explosion and the devastating 2010 floods in Pakistan, where they treated more than 11,000 people.

Professor Notaras also treated former East Timor President Jose Ramos Horta after he was shot in an attempted assassination in February 2008.

He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2003.

“It is an honour to be recognised in such a positive and prestigious way by a group of peers,” Professor Notaras said.

“The name Sidney Sax is iconic and synonymous with his successes and achievements, and for me to just share in a part of that reflected glory is breathtaking. It is one of the proudest moments of my life.”

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