Doctor honoured

Paediatric haemotologist Dr Michael Willoughby. Picture: Marcus Whisson d420881
Paediatric haemotologist Dr Michael Willoughby. Picture: Marcus Whisson d420881

Dr Willoughby received the Queen’s Birthday honour yesterday for his significant service and outstanding contribution to the field of paediatric haematology and oncology.

The Wembley resident said the staff and medical team significantly contributed to the success of the paediatric haematology and oncology.

Dr Willoughby was instrumental in securing PMH as the first overseas-based member of the Children’s Cancer Group (now Children’s Oncology Group), based in North America.

The retired children’s doctor said these strong local and international relationships and support systems had allowed PMH to become a leading institute of paediatric oncology and haematology.

During his time at PMH, Dr Willoughby also helped found the Total Care Unit with help from medical experts from the hospital and other Perth institutions.

He said initial groundwork led to a supportive and dedicated group running the unit.

Dr Willoughby said a similar design and support system would be effectively carried through by his successors at the new Perth Children’s Hospital’s oncology department.

He said this would allow the continued delivery of advanced therapy and total care for patients and their families.

Although retired, Dr Willoughby said he still maintained a strong relationship with the hospital.