Monash Health recognised in 2020 Australia Day Honours

Monash Health was proud to see seven of our team and community members (past and present) recognised in the 2020 Australia Day Honours.

Congratulations to Prof Diana Egerton-Warburton OAM, Mr Patrick Tessier OAM, Dr Sabar Rustomjee AM, Dr Michael Leung AM, Prof Pauline Nugent AM, Dr Desiree Yap AM and Mr Naim Melhem OAM.

Please join us in congratulating our winners on these impressive achievements.

Prof Diana Egerton-Warburton (OAM)

Diana is the Director of Emergency Medicine Research at Monash Medical Centre and the Co-Chair of Monash University’s Emergency Research Collaborative (MERC). She has nearly three decades of experience in Australian emergency departments.

Among the many achievements in her career, Diana has trained and mentored countless emergency physicians and is particularly passionate about developing women in leadership.

Another passion lies in her work researching the impact of alcohol related harm on emergency departments, and in her role as Chair of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine’s (ACEM) Public Health Committee, she led the largest ever study in this field internationally.

Patrick Tessier (OAM)

Patrick is responsible for raising over $3.4m for the Monash Children’s Cancer Centre over the past 16 years through his Bailey’s Day charity, set up in memory of his son Bailey who sadly passed away from a brain tumour at just two and a half years old in 2004.

Patrick’s incredible contributions through Bailey’s Day has funded the training of 17 young doctors on clinical fellowships at the Monash Children’s Cancer Centre.

A/Prof Michael Leung (AM)

Michael is Head of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Monash Health, and Unit Head of Plastic Surgery at Monash University.

Michael also holds an appointment with Interplast Australia and New Zealand as the Country Co-ordinator for Myanmar. In this role, he has volunteered as a plastic surgeon for over a decade. Michael has also served as a plastic surgeon volunteer in Papua New Guinea, Vietnam and the Pacific Islands.

As well as being committed to helping patients through surgical procedures, Michael is dedicated to the teaching of plastic surgery and has established a Masters and Doctorate in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Yangon University in Myanmar.

Dr Desiree Yap (AM)

Desiree is a gynaecologist within Monash Health’s menopause unit. Over her impressive clinical career, Desiree assisted in establishing Australia’s first early menopause clinic here at Monash Health and has made valuable contributions to the wider menopause unit, which now also cares for women with menopause after cancer and has a stream for the long term care of women with Turner’s Syndrome.

Outside of her clinical practice, Desiree is a passionate advocate for women’s and children’s health as well as the professional development of women in medicine at state, national and international levels. She has been the president of the Victorian Medical Women’s Society and Australian Federation of Women, spent eight years on the board of Women’s Health Victoria (including two years as chair of the board) and is currently the vice president of the Western Pacific Region of the Medical Women’s International Society.

Prof Pauline Nugent (AM)

Pauline served as the Board Chair at Southern Health (now Monash Health) for four years and was recognised this Australia Day for her significant service to education and to nursing.

Pauline’s scholarly record includes publications, public lectures and conferences in nursing education, rural health, clinical research and health curriculum development as well as public funding of research development and evaluation projects worth more than $5 million.

Prior to her service on the Board at Southern Health, Pauline was Chair of Nursing Development at Deakin University and Dean of Health Sciences at Australian Catholic University (ACU).

Pauline also served on numerous taskforces to address health workforce issues and nursing education at state and national levels. In 2009, she was named the Victorian Telstra Businesswoman of the Year.

Pauline is currently Provost at ACU and leads the university’s Academic Portfolio.

Dr Sabar Rustomjee (AM)

Sabar joined Monash Health as a psychiatrist in 1986, where her work included liaison psychiatry for patients in the renal and breast cancer units. Known for her warm and compassionate approach to patient care, Sabar helped countless patients in recovering from mental health challenges.

In her extensive career, Sabar also had a keen interest in research and education, travelling the world to give lectures on group and individual psychotherapy and publishing many articles on these topics. In 2000, Sabar was elected President of the International Association of Group Psychotherapy and has remained on the Board of Directors to this day.

While she has since retired, Sabar continues to contribute to psychiatry in many ways. She will soon publish a book about analytic psychotherapy.

Naim Melham (OAM)

Naim’s OAM recognises his years of service to the community including as a board member for Monash Health, churches and chambers of commerce as well as his term as Greater Dandenong Mayor.

Known by the Greater Dandenong community for his roles of councillor and mayor, Naim has contributed decades of his life to community work and is passionate about refugee wellbeing.


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