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AMA(SA) Award – Dr Mark H Moore, plastic and reconstructive surgeon 

Each year, the Australian Medical Association (South Australia) bestows three very special awards at its annual Charity Gala Dinner: the AMA(SA) Medical Educator Award, the AMA(SA) Award, and the AMA(SA) President's Medical Leader Award. At the 2018 AMA(SA) Charity Gala Dinner on Saturday, 19 May, the AMA(SA) Award for an an outstanding contribution to medicine was presented to Dr Mark H Moore.

Speaking on the night. AMA(SA) President A/Prof William Tam noted that this year’s winner of the AMA(SA) Award, Dr Mark Moore, has more than a bit in common with this year’s AMA(SA) Medical Educator Award winner, Dr Stephen Kinnear. “Both have done amazing work overseas, as well as locally,” said A/Prof Tam.

“Mark has been doing pro-bono work via volunteer reconstructive missions in Indonesia and East Timor since 1999, via the Overseas Specialist Surgical Association of Australia and Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He has made a major contribution and his work has transformed lives and bodies – literally.”

“Mark is a leader in his field – plastic, reconstructive cranio-maxillofacial and aesthetic surgery – and is head of the Australian Craniofacial Unit at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital here in SA. He has been a craniofacial surgeon with the Australian Craniofacial Unit, based in Adelaide, since 1990."

The Unit is dedicated to the humane delivery of health care to patients with craniofacial conditions, ‘by pursuit of excellence in the clinical, scientific and educational disciplines’. It was established in 1975 to provide a service for local, interstate and overseas patients, and in 1988 the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council officially designated it a National Centre of Excellence.

“The surgical work can be very challenging, and also frightening for those that go in for surgery,” said A/Prof Tam.

“Mark has the magic touch in soothing patients who may be very young, and very afraid. Sometimes the work that is needed is too dangerous to occur in their patients’ home countries – years may go into planning a trip to Adelaide to get them the care they need.”

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has awarded Mark its International Medal, which is given for ‘lasting contributions of an exceptional nature over a long period of time in the delivery or development of surgery for underprivileged communities overseas’. He has also been made a member of the Order of Australia for services to rehabilitation and constructive surgery in East Timor and Eastern Indonesia. His work has included more than 40 missions to Timor Leste as well as outreach visits to Hong Kong, Malaysaia and Indonesia. This has also included 20 years’ service in Darwin, en route overseas, and years of dedicated work to public patients here in SA.

“Mark and Stephen, our 2018 Medical Educator Award winner, have stood side by side changing lives, and today they stand side by side as AMA(SA) award winners. I am tremendously glad and proud to acknowledge them both, on behalf of the AMA(SA), for the work they have done,” said A/Prof Tam.

You can read the media release here.