<Head>Beneath the Drapes

Perth Drs Barry Marshall and Robin Warren were awarded the prestigious Nobel Prize for Medicine in recognition for revolutionising stomach ulcer treatments (see our WA pioneers feature this issue).

Ms Pam Lewis has accepted redundancy as director of Glengarry Hospital and regional development and support manager across the Affinity group to take on private consultancy. Pam has a long history with hospital group having worked as DON then CEO of the Mount Hospital beforehand. In her place comes Ms Elaine Pavlos as combined CEO-DON at Glengarry Hospital.

Mr Sam Di-Giacomo has resigned as both CEO and director of Advanced Healthcare Group to pursue other interests within the healthcare sector. Mr Adrian Loader, a director of Quay Capital, has been appointed as interim CEO.

Ms Sue Gordon has moved from medical practices and AAPM executive to work in aged care. Ms Narelle Supanz replaces her as AAPM's new president.

Curtin University of Technology has awarded WA haematologist and oncologist David Joske the 2005 John Curtin Medal, with mention of his work researching integrative and complementary therapies for cancer.

Mayne Group Limited has appointed former managing director of Affinity Health Robert Cooke as the group managing director and CEO of its Australian healthcare businesses. He is joined by John Hickey and Ray Jacobson

Michael Salter has been appointed director of corporate services at St John of God Hospital Murdoch. He has previous experience in corporate and clinical support services with Fremantle Hospital, the Drug and Alcohol Office and Armadale Health Service.

Former Griffith University professor of nursing Anne McMurray recently joined Peel Health Campus as professor of nursing for Murdoch University. Professor McMurray has also served as primary health consultant to the WHO and the International Council for Nurses.

Clough managing director David Singleton has assumed the chair of the Centre of Excellence in e-Medicine, while Sue Wong has been appointed e-Med Centre manager. Recently launched by the state government, e-Med is billed as providing new solutions for the healthcare needs of people in rural and remote locations.

The 2005 RACGP awards include WA General Practice of the Year, Murray Medical Centre, Mandurah.

Dr Fiona Stanley has been awarded life membership of the Public Health Association of Australia, which recently held its annual conference in Perth.

ASX-listed biotechnology company Narhex Life Sciences Ltd has appointed WA clinical immunologist Prof Martyn French to its new Scientific Advisory Board.

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