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Dr Geoffrey Hirst recognised during Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Dr Geoffrey Hirst recognised during Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Mater Board Director Dr Geoffrey Hirst has been honoured during the Queen’s Birthday 2016 Honours List, receiving a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the General Division for his significant service to medicine, particularly in the field of urology, as a clinician, and to medical education and administration.

Dr Hirst is well known at Mater, having served in a number of roles including as the Director, Department of Urology and Continence (2004 to 2013), Director, Division of Surgical Services (2004 to 2010) and Senior Risk Management Consultant, Clinical Safety and Quality Unit (2002 to 2010).

He has had a distinguished career in a wide variety of medical roles since completing his urological training in Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada in 1975. He was a transplant surgeon at the Princess Alexandra Hospital for almost 15 years, and in urological practice as a Visiting Medical Officer at Mater from 1976 to 2012.

Dr Hirst added to his clinical commitment in the 1990s by becoming Director of Clinical Services at Mater Children's Hospital and was part of a team responsible for the development of Mater Children's Private Hospital. He also supported the transfer of the Queensland Paediatric Cardiac Service from The Prince Charles Hospital to Mater Children's Hospital and the development of a new Paediatric Cardiac Surgical Service.

He has also held a suite of administrative and non-clinical roles, including executive positions with the Urological Society of Australasia and the Australian and New Zealand Association of Urological Surgeons and was appointed to the Mater Board in 2013.

Dr Hirst said he was honoured to be recognised, and acknowledged the contributions of others who had been appointed, and those who supported his nomination.

"It is an honour to be recognised in this very prestigious manner, as I know that there are many other people who have made very similar or greater contributions.

“I am very grateful to those who were kind enough to consider that I had made a sufficiently significant contribution to justify my nomination and of course to the Order of Australia Committee.

“For me, it is a great privilege to be recognised for what I consider to be ‘doing my job’, and what’s more, enjoying it,” he said.

Appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) acknowledges contributions and services to the community across a broad range of fields, celebrating those who through their outstanding community service and achievements enhance our national identity.

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