David de Kretser Awards honour distinction in medical science, education

The  Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences this month presented the David  de Kretser Medal and Lifetime Achievement Award to two distinguished medical  scientists and educators.

Emeritus  Professor Richard Larkins, AO, was this  year’s recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Professor Ben Canny  received the David de Kretser Medal.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is  presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution —  nationally and internationally — to human health and wellbeing, while the Medal  is awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to  any  area of the Faculty’s operation over a significant period of his or her working life.

“Professor Larkins has made a significant  contribution to both Monash and the wider Australian public through his work as  a medical researcher as well as his six years as Vice-Chancellor and President  of Monash University. He is an outstanding role model for anyone  in the medical  or education industry and it is a pleasure to add his name to the highly  distinguished list of recipients to have received the award.” Professor  Mitchell said of Emeritus Professor Larkins, AO.

Professor Mitchell lauded Professor Canny  for his work in the Faculty as Deputy Dean (MBBS).

“Ben was instrumental in leading the  development of the MBBS curriculum and forged critical links which enabled the  delivery of Monash MBBS across metro and rural Victoria as well as Malaysia. He oversaw expansion of MBBS cohort size and provided inspiring leadership in  developing  and expanding the intercalated research year The Bachelor of Medical  Science.”

Professor Canny joined the staff of Monash University in  March, 1992 as a lecturer in the Department of Physiology. Ben maintained  an active research and teaching profile, focusing on various aspects of stress,  reproductive and metabolic endocrinology, as well as  on ethics and professional  and clinical skills, and most recently medical education, especially  assessment.  Ben then became closely  involved in the medical education activities, being appointed Deputy Dean  (MBBS) of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing  and Health Sciences at Monash.

Emeritus  Professor Larkins, AO was Vice-Chancellor and President of Monash from  September 2003 to July 2009. Prior to his appointment here he was Dean of the  Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of  Melbourne from 1998 to 2003.  Before  that  he was Professor of Medicine at the University of Melbourne, holding the James Stewart Chair at the Royal Melbourne Hospital from 1984 to 1997.  His clinical and research interests were in  diabetes, endocrinology and general medicine.