Recognition of Service to Gynaecology

06 Apr 2021

Associate Professor Alison Brand was recognised as a Member, Order of Australia (AM) for her significant service to gynaecology, medicine and medical organisations in the Australia Day awards announced by the Governor General.

During her time as ANZGOG’s first female chair, Assoc Prof Alison Brand brought significant positive change to the organisation. Under her leadership, ANZGOG established its world-class OASIS Initiative, matching targeted new therapies with molecular subtypes of ovarian cancer, and the Fund For New Research Grants program; ANZGOG’s membership also doubled; and with a strong financial focus led by Alison Brand, ANZGOG was able to significantly increase its clinical trials portfolio.

Alison accepted the role of ANZGOG Chair on top of her busy professional commitments; surgery and clinical lists at Westmead Hospital; her role as a Clinical Professor with the University of Sydney; clinical consultant with Cancer Australia; consultant with the NSW familial cancer risk clinic as a gynaecological oncology specialist and her proudest role of mother of two teenagers.

‘This is a very worthy recognition of the contribution Assoc Professor Alison Brand has made to gynaecological oncology through fostering clinical trials research and to improving life for women with gynaecological cancer’ Assoc Prof Philip Beale – ANZGOG Chair

On Australia Day 2021, Assoc Prof Alison Brand has been recognised, not only for her work as a clinician but for leadership, mentorship and being a strong role model for women wanting to enter gynaecological oncology as a medical subspecialty.

WomenCan is proud to share the news that Assoc Prof Alison Brand has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), for her contributions to the field. She is the first woman in a senior ANZGOG role to achieve the award. Alison also continues a tradition, with former ANZGOG chairs Michael Friedlander AM and Michael Quinn AM receiving the award in the past.