The Daffodil Centre welcomes the appointment of Professor of Practice and Cervical Cancer and HPV stream co-lead, Professor Deborah Bateson AM, as a Member of the Order of Australia, announced yesterday.
Professor Bateson joined the Daffodil Centre in 2022 with over 20 years’ experience as a primary care doctor, clinical researcher, educator, and advocate in sexual and reproductive health. Professor Bateson is recognised, both at a national and international level, as a leader in this field.
With a focus on equity, clinical translation, and implementation, Professor Bateson is currently leading an NHMRC-funded study to increase cervical screening amongst women with intellectual disability and co-lead of a major implementation study, Elimination of Cervical Cancer in the Western Pacific, funded by the Minderoo Foundation.
Daffodil Centre Director, Professor Karen Canfell, said that the recognition of Professor Bateson is a testament to her outstanding contribution to reproductive health and advocating for equality of access to contraception, safe abortion care and cervical screening information and services.
“Deb has devoted her career to improving women’s health outcomes and has gone above and beyond the call of duty to reduce inequities in a range of areas, including her key role in positioning Australia to be the first country to eliminate cervical cancer as a public health issue,” Professor Canfell said.
“As Chair of Cancer Council NSW’s Health Services Advisory Committee, established to provide healthcare professional and consumer advice on advocacy priorities to help accelerate the way to a cancer-free future, Deb continues to focus on outcomes and translating evidence into practice.
Professor Bateson was appointed to the Order of Australia for “significant service to medicine through research and education, and to reproductive health”.