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02 Dec 2021

Professor Kirsty Buising awarded highest accolade at the Royal Melbourne Hospital’s Celebrating Excellence Awards

The Royal Melbourne Hospital’s (RMH) Professor Kirsty Buising, Deputy Director of the National Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance and Director of the Guidance Group at the Doherty Institute, has been awarded the Melbourne Award for 2021 by the hospital.

The award, which is peer nominated, is the highest accolade at the RMH’s annual Celebrating Excellence Awards and was awarded to Professor Buising for her contribution to the hospital, its staff and patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The RMH Chief Executive, Professor Christine Kilpatrick, said  Professor Buising is an extraordinary leader, who worked tirelessly on the COVID-19 wards as an Infectious Diseases Physician.

“Her research into how ventilation impacts the spread of the virus within wards has profoundly impacted how the pandemic was managed not just here, but across the sector,” Professor Kilpatrick said.

“Beyond that, she has taken the time to listen to peers who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 and ensure their well-being was prioritised.”

Doherty Institute Director Professor Sharon Lewin commended Professor Buising on the notable accolade.

“Professor Buising has shown incredible compassion, resilience and leadership throughout the pandemic,” Professor Lewin said.

“She is an asset to the Institute and continually strives for excellence, and it comes as no surprise that her peers would want to celebrate her.”