This year’s Queen’s birthday honours roll features three exceptional NSLHD representatives, highlighting an extraordinary commitment to the health of our community.
Dr Michelle Mulligan OAM
Dr Michelle Mulligan has received a prestigious Order of Australia medal (OAM) for her service to medicine, particularly to anaesthesia.
As a specialist anaesthetist in both the public and private sector, Michelle is the Clinical Director of the NSLHD Surgery and Anaesthesia Network.
She had a key leadership role during the COVID-19 pandemic, helping the district navigate the challenges of the pandemic as Clinical Lead of the Clinical Advisory Group.
Michelle has been a NSLHD board member since 2017 and is a board member of the Agency for Clinical Innovation and Clinical Excellence Commission.
She is also a member of the district’s Finance, Risk and Performance Committee.
Michelle has had many roles with the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, including as its Director of Professional Affairs.
Michelle said being included in this year’s Queen’s birthday honours was quite a surprise.
“I’m totally humbled, and it was completely unexpected,” she said.
“It is a privilege to be an anaesthetist and to be able to contribute. I’ve enjoyed every minute.
“To get an award for doing something you love is very unexpected.”
Professor Sarah Hilmer AM
Professor Sarah Hilmer has been made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her significant service to clinical and geriatric pharmacology.
She has worked as the Head of Clinical Pharmacology and as a geriatrician at Royal North Shore Hospital since 2005.
Her research and clinical expertise is respected both nationally and internationally.
Sarah leads a research program in ageing and pharmacology at the Kolling Institute and has contributed widely to the management of medication.
She chairs the RNS/Ryde Hospital Drug and Therapeutics Committee, the NSW Therapeutic Advisory Group, and initiated the NSW Health COVID-19 Drug and Therapeutic Advisory Community of Practice.