Amongst the ANU staff and alumni honoured in the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours list was the ANU Medical School's very own Associate Professor Andrew Singer who was appointed a Member (AM) in the Order of Australia for his services to medicine.
"In terms of the award, it was quite unexpected," says Associate Professor Singer. "Over the years, I have provided references for a number of nominees for the Order of Australia, and have always been impressed with their achievements compared to mine. When the notification came in the mail, I assumed it was just another request for a reference! None the less, it is a great honour to be recognised in this way and I have been blown away by the number of congratulations I have received. It does make me feel very special."
Associate Professor Singer has been a Principal Medical Adviser in the Australian Government Department of Health since 2008, advising on policy and issues involving the review of the Medicare Benefits Schedule, acute care, emergency medical response management, safety and quality in healthcare as well as medical education, training and workforce.
He is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Australian National University Medical School since 2009, as well as a Senior Specialist at Canberra Hospital and Health Services since 1999, working in both the Emergency Department (where he was Clinical Director 2003-2008) and on the Capital Region Retrieval Service (SouthCare Helicopter).
Andrew is a former Censor-in-Chief and then President of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine and has been on the Executive of the International Federation for Emergency Medicine. He represents the Department of Health on a number of committees, including the Australian Medical Council’s Specialist Education Accreditation Committee as well as the Prevocational Standards Accreditation Committee, where he has just been appointed Chair.