Dr Jane Tracy recognised for lifetime achievements

Congratulations to Dr Jane Tracy from our Centre for Developmental Disability Health Victoria (CDDHV) who was inducted into the Lifetime Achievement Honour Roll at the 2019 Victorian Disability Awards earlier this week.

Victoria’s Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers, The Hon. Luke Donnellan, presented Dr Tracy with her award.

“Dr Tracy’s dedication to improving the lives of people with disability is remarkable. It’s people like her who make a tangible difference to our community. I congratulate her on her induction to the Lifetime Achievement Honour Roll,” said Mr Donnellan.

Dr Tracy has worked in the CDDHV team for the past 27 years and is well-respected for her incredible and tireless contributions to the health and disability sectors in this time.

The CDDHV, which has been part of Monash Health since 2015, provides a state-wide clinical service to support GP referrals, education, research service innovation, advocacy and community education. All activities focus on improving the health and quality of life of adults with intellectual and associated developmental disabilities including autism and cerebral palsy.

In her current role as Director of the CDDHV, Dr Tracy has led a passionate team in a number of projects. Most recently, the team has piloted a Complex Disability Liaison Service to support mainstream health services to better understand, care for and support people with intellectual disability and complex needs while in hospital.

When asked about her highlights from the past 27 years, Dr Tracy’s long list of achievements and successes includes:

  • Contributing to medical student education by sharing the insights, knowledge and understanding she has gained through her lifetime of work in the health and disability sectors, to help equip future doctors to work with people with disabilities in their careers
  • Working with clinicians from many different disciplines and the Department of Health and Human Services to develop many professional development opportunities and online resources for General Practitioners
  • Contributing, along with her CDDH colleagues, to the ‘Developmental Disability: Managing Guidelines’, one of a suite of books about medication and management available to all GPs and many other medical practitioners in Australia

While Dr Tracy’s professional successes have been a source of pride, she also counts her love of the job and her wonderful colleagues as highlights.

“I have been so very fortunate in my career to work in an area in which I felt I could make a difference, and to work with wonderful colleagues from both the health and disability sectors, some of whom I have known for over 25 years,” Dr Tracy said.

“I’ve also had the privilege to work with and be mentored by some inspiring and outstanding leaders and contributors, including Dr Phillip Graves, A/Prof Bob Davis, Ms June McDonald, Dr Mary Burbidge, Prof Dinah Reddihough and many, many others.”

Congratulations again to Dr Tracy – Monash Health is incredibly proud of the contributions she has made to the lives of many.