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Professor Sue Walker recognised for her contribution to women’s health


Mercy Hospital for Women Director of Perinatal Medicine and Sheila Handbury Chair of Maternal Fetal Medicine, University of Melbourne, Professor Sue Walker has been recognised as an Officer of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday 2018 Honours list.


Prof Walker was awarded for her distinguished service to medicine, particularly in the disciplines of obstetrics and gynaecology, as an academic and clinician, and for her enormous contribution to professional organisations.


“I am very humbled and grateful to receive this award,” Prof Walker said.


“Like many people who look at this award, I suspect they see not their own names in it but the names of others who made it possible, and the ones who make it worthwhile. This award belongs to an extraordinary team of clinicians and researchers I am privileged to work with, as well as the families who have entrusted to us their dreams for safer motherhood and the best start to life.”


Prof Walker is internationally recognised as a leader in Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) with her research focus on improving the detection and management of fetal growth disorders, treating preeclampsia and ending preventable stillbirth.


Prof Walker is the co-founder and co-director of Mercy Perinatal; an international centre of excellence specialising in perinatal education, research and clinical practice. Mercy Perinatal aims to change the global landscape for complicated pregnancies that carry risks for the mother, her baby or both.


“Our aspirational target is to ensure our research findings translate into improved outcomes for mothers and babies in Australia and around the world,” Prof Walker said.


“We would like to extend our educational reach to ensure the best knowledge is available to maternity care providers everywhere. In so doing, we hope to bring the day where every mother and baby arrives safely home one day closer.”


Mercy Health Chief Executive – Health Services Adjunct Professor, Linda Mellors, said Prof Walker is an extraordinary clinician and academic, and a worthy recipient of the Officer of the Order of Australia.


“I couldn’t think of a more deserving person for the award. Prof Walker is an inspiration to us all,” Adj Prof Mellors said.


“We are all fortunate to know and work alongside her. Prof Walker’s work is making a real difference to maternity care which will benefit generations to come.”


Prof Walker obtained her Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) in 2000 before completing her MFM subspecialty training in 2004 and undertaking a MFM fellowship at the world leading Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto in 2007. She then returned to Mercy Hospital for Women creating capacity in the domains of complex high-risk pregnancy care, teaching, subspecialty training and research. Prof Walker is a member of the Victorian Fetal Therapy Service, which is responsible for delivering fetal surgery services to Victorian women. Prof Walker serves on numerous RANZCOG committees and is a teacher and researcher at the University of Melbourne, where she currently heads the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.


Messages to: Kasey McCulluch, Mercy Health