The Honorable Dr Basil Hetzel, AC

Basil Hetzel was proclaimed a National Living Treasure by the National Trust on March 15, 2004. He is most famous for his work on iodine deficiency, particularly in developing countries, however his impact on public health also been felt in academic institutions and the field of Indigenous health.

From 1956 to 1985 Dr Hetzel served as Reader and then Michell Professor of Medicine at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, University of Adelaide; was Foundation Professor of Social and Preventive Medicine at Monash University, and was the First Chief of the CSIRO Division of Human Nutrition.

He was the Chancellor of the University of South Australia from 1992 to 1993 and is currently the chair of that same university’s Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre. In 2001 the Clinical Research Centre at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital was renamed ‘The Basil Hetzel Institute for Medical Research’.

Dr Hetzel is a lifetime member of the PHAA, and the SA Branch is proud to have the Basil Hetzel Leadership in Public Health Award in his honour.

Professor Konrad Jamrozik

Professor Konrad Jamrozik (1955 – 2010) was an outstanding epidemiologist with an exceptional record of research and publications, a committed clinician, an inspiring teacher, a selfless contributor to health organisations including the PHAA, and a driven and creative campaigner for the public good.

He grew up in South Australia, and returned there to live and work in 2007. He was a life member of the Australian Council on Smoking and Health, a Fellow of the PHAA and held many awards and prizes including the Nigel Gray Award for Excellence in International Tobacco Control.

We are proud to name the Konrad Jamrozik Student Scholarship in his honour.

DrKerry Kirke, AM MD

A career dedicated to public health improvements within the State of South Australia, as well as nationally and internationally. On graduating in medicine from University of Adelaide in 1964, Dr Kirke worked in Central Australia for over 20 years as a paediatrician, flying doctor, and medical administrator. During this time (1971) his Doctoral thesis, on ‘Aspects of Aboriginal child ill-health’ was accepted. In 1976 Dr Kirke was awarded a World Health Organisation travelling fellowship to study epidemiology and medical statistics at London University, childhood nutrition in India, training and the role of Indigenous health workers in Alaska, and middle ear disease in Navajo and Hopi children in New Mexico.

Dr Kirke served as the Director of Public and Environmental Health with the South Australian Health Commission during 1988 to 1997, he was the Executive Director of the Cancer Council SA during 1998 – 2003, as well as being an active member of the NHMRC for many years and many other public health related committees.

A Membership of the Order of Australia (AM) was conferred in 1984 for ‘services to paediatric nutrition’. In 1990, Dr Kirke became the Foundation Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, of which he was Councillor and Chief Examiner in the faculty for several years. In 1997, Dr Kirke accepted the inaugural Public Health Association of Australia award for leadership in public health. In 2004 he was award the Royal Australasian College of Physicians medal for ‘services to the College’.

Dr Kirke is now enjoying a well deserved retirement in South Australia. We are proud to name the Kerry Kirke Student Award in his honour.