PROFESSOR Ian Hammond is Subiaco’s brand new Member of the Order of Australia.
The gynaecological oncologist has been recognised for his significant service to medicine.
“I was very surprised and very appreciative; I was humbled by it, to be honest,” Prof Hammond said.
The newly-minted AM worked at King Edward Memorial Hospital from 1984 to 2012, spending time as the Director of Gynaecology and Director of the Anatomy of Complications Workshop, which has since had over 1700 participants and expanded to Singapore.
“I had the good fortune when I started my training at KEMH to work with [WA’s first gynaecological cancer specialist] Dr Tony McCartney,” Prof Hammond said.
“Tony was my mentor; he introduced me to the subspecialty and I found it fascinating and thought it was exactly what I wanted.”
Prof Hammond said there were a number of rewarding aspects to his work, including the opportunity to help women through a difficult time and teach others.
He has spent a number of years on various national boards shaping the future of women’s healthcare, including the ovarian cancer steering committee at Cancer Australia, the National Health and Medical Research Council’s cervical screening program, and numerous projects with the Commonwealth Department of Health.
“It’s a privilege to be involved, and be able to influence change which helps all Australians,” Prof Hammond said.