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Curtin Professor appointed a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians

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A Curtin University Professor and champion of innovation in healthcare in Australia has been inducted into a prestigious medical fellowship in the United Kingdom (UK).

Professor Moyez Jiwa, Chair of Health Innovation in the Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute, said it was a great honour to receive the Fellowship at the Royal College of Physicians.

The distinction is the highest level of membership with the Royal College of Physicians.

Candidates have to meet a number of criteria including making out-of-the-ordinary contributions to undergraduate or postgraduate medical education, and making a significant contribution to healthcare research.

Professor Jiwa qualified as a general practitioner in 1991 and has 20 years of clinical experience in clinical settings including in rural south west Scotland, rural Nottinghamshire and urban Yorkshire in the UK.

He now practices in an area of need in outer metropolitan Perth.  In 2003 he was awarded an MD degree from the University of Sheffield (UK) and in 2005 served as Director of Research and Development for a UK National Health Service Hospital Trust.

After arriving in Australia in 2006, he was appointed as the Director of the WA Centre for Cancer and Palliative Care in 2006 and is now the Chair of Health Innovation at Curtin.

Over the years Professor Jiwa has been awarded several million dollars in research funding. His pioneering research aims to reduce delays in seeking advice for conditions that can be treated effectively and diagnosed early.

“I am deeply indebted to my specialist medical colleagues across Australia for their collaboration over the years,” Professor Jiwa said.

“We will continue to develop innovations to improve the care of people who need both specialist and general practitioner care.”

Professor Jiwa received the Fellowship on 13 May 2013.

The Royal College of Physicians is a forward-looking organisation, relentless in their pursuit of improvements in healthcare and the health of the population. Its 27,000 members are involved in campaigning for change, advising government and parliament, and participating in national debates on medical, clinical and public health issues.

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