Australian Medical Association awards the highest honour to Indian origin doctor

Former Australian Medical Association (AMA) President Dr. Mukesh Haikerwal has been awarded with the association’s highest honour – the AMA Gold Medal for his outstanding contribution to the medical profession and community.

Dr.Haikerwal was an AMA Victoria State Councillor in 1995. He rose to the post of the State President in 2001 and four years later became Federal AMA President.

Dr. Haikerwal has been recognised for his outstanding contribution with many honours such as the Centenary Medal, Fellowship of the AMA, the AMA President’s Award and being made an Officer of the Order of Australia.

In 2008-09, he was a Commissioner to the Australian Health and Hospitals Reform Commission, which recommended major changes including the introduction of activity-based funding in public hospitals and the establishment of local hospital networks.

Dr. Mukesh Haikerwal

Dr. Mukesh Haikerwal

Dr. Haikerwal has been a member of the World Medical Association’s Council since 2007. In 2011, he became the first Australian to be elected as Chair of the world body where he fostered the pursuit of ethical care, professional standards and the freedom of doctors to treat all people.

Amid all this, he has continued to maintain a busy general practice, and showed tremendous courage and determination to resume work after suffering serious injuries in 2008.

The award was presented by President Dr. Steve Hambleton who said, “In the last two decades, Dr. Haikerwal has been an extraordinarily active and committed member of the AMA, advancing the interests of members and patients at almost every level of the organisation. During his long and distinguished record of service, he has been at the forefront of many issues pivotal to the health care system.”

Dr. Haikerwal’s contribution has extended beyond this nation’s shores. He is the most deserving recipient of the AMA Gold Medal,” Dr. Hambleton said.

Sharanya Bharathwaj