Pictured: Dr Marcus Yip with the Nobel Peace Prize

Tuesday 24 April 2018

Monash Health received a special visit from a Nobel Peace Prize following the advocacy work of one of our doctors.

Dr Marcus Yip, an advanced trainee in Emergency Medicine and registrar at Monash Health, helped grow the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) to a level where it gained global recognition last year after it was awarded the 2017 Novel Peace Prize for its work to “draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its groundbreaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons”.

ICAN was established in 2006 by a Malaysian obstetrician who was frustrated with the lack of action by governments towards elimination of these weapons. A small group of committed doctors, medical students and nuclear disarmament activists took up this charge and ICAN was born.

The vision spread, initially through the work of the Medical Association for the Prevention of War (MAPW) and the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), and over the past decade, it has spread to over 100 countries and 468 partner organisations.

Well done Marcus!