A number of staff from Sydney Local Health District were acknowledged in this year's Australia Day awards.
Associate Professor Peter Haertsch AM, Professor Fiona Blyth AM and Professor David Handelsman AO were named in the honours list.
Associate Professor Haertsch was recognised for significant service to medicine in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery as a clinician and administrator, and to medical education.
Professor Haertsch is a specialist plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Concord Hospital. He has particular expertise in gender reassignment surgery and is one of the most senior adult burns surgeons in Australia.
Professor Blyth was recognised for significant service to medical research and education in the field of public health, pain management and ageing, and to health policy reform.
She is a medical epidemiologist with a special research interest in chronic pain. She is Coordinator of Medical Education at the Concord Clinical School.
Professor David Handelsman was recognised for distinguished service to medicine, particularly to reproductive endocrinology and andrology, as a clinician, author and researcher, to the science of doping in sport, and to medical education.
Professor Handelsman is the director of the ANZAC Research Institute and head of Concord’s Andrology Laboratory.
Meanwhile, Alice Kang has been named City of Canada Bay’s Citizen of the Year.
As the Director of Marketing and Community Relations at Concord Hospital, Alice is the driving force behind many events and fundraisers at Concord and for the District, including Opera at Rivendell and last year's inaugural and highly successful Rivendell Flower Show.
Alice has been at Concord for more than 40 years and her tireless commitment to supporting our patients and our community and finding opportunities to bring us all together is an inspiration for us all.
A special OAM in the General Division was also awarded to the late Dr Harold Champion for his service to dental education and many years at Sydney Dental Hospital.
Our recipients epitomise the very best of service, commitment and excellence. This recognition demonstrates the significant difference they have made to patients and their family and friends, and more broadly to the people of the District and NSW.