We would like to pay tribute to Professor Richard (Dick) Smallwood AO. Retiring after four years as a Board member, Dick also chaired the Grants committee where he lent his substantial scientific and medical gravitas to Snowdome greatly contributing to the Foundation’s success.
Dick’s career achievements are many: he is an Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University of Melbourne and was Head of the Department of Medicine and Chairman of the Division of Medicine at the Austin and Repatriation Medical Centre. He was also Director of Gastroenterology at the centre and was President of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He was Chair of the National Health and Medical Research Council and a member of the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council. In 1997 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for services to medicine and served as Australia’s Chief Medical Officer for four years. He was Chair of the National Influenza Pandemic Advisory Council, Chair of the National Health Information Management Advisory Council and Chair of the National Health Priority Council. In 2000 he was a Vice President of the World Health Assembly in Geneva. Dick was Inaugural Chair of the National Blood Authority and Chair of the Ministerial Taskforce for Cancer in Victoria. He was a board member of the Victorian Health promotion Foundation, the Victorian Neurotrauma Initiative and the Australian Stem Cell Centre.
His ongoing appointments include President of the Australian Medical Council, Chair of the Forum of Health Professions’ Council and Board member of the National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia.
In Dick’s words, “It is a privilege to be a part of Snowdome and to have the sense that you are able to contribute to an organisation which supports ground-breaking research into the treatment of people with blood cancers.”
We wish him all the very best for the future and thank him for his time and effort in supporting Snowdome.