Monash Nursing and Midwifery PhD student receives Order of Australia Medal

David LangtonMonash Nursing and Midwifery PhD student and and Peninsula Health Respiratory Medicine, Head of Unit, Associate Professor David Langton has been awarded the Order of Australia Medal in Monday's Queen's Birthday Honours list.

David has received the prestigious award in recognition of his outstanding service in the areas of thoracic and sleep medicine. He has held senior roles at Frankston Hospital for nearly three decades including Head of the Intensive Care Unit and Director of Medicine. Outside Peninsula Health, David has been the Medical Director for the Southern Metropolitan Integrated Cancer Service, and is a past Director of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand. David has recently received acclaim and wide media coverage for his work with the ground-breaking bronchial thermoplasty procedure, which has eased the suffering of many severe asthma sufferers on the Peninsula and around Australia. It is this procedure that is the subject of his PhD.

"I am delighted to learn of David's OAM award in the Queen's Birthday Honours." said Professor Frank Thien MD FRACP FCCP,  Professor/Director of Respiratory Medicine, Eastern Health, he continued "He has been a long term professional colleague and friend, and now PhD candidate under my co-supervision. He is an honest, productive, hard worker, who has contributed greatly to our profession locally and nationally. He is highly respected in his teaching and mentoring of junior colleagues, as well as education through the Australasian College of Physicians. This is a very well deserved recognition of his contribution to the Australian community."

Associate Professor Virginia Plummer, Nursing Research, Nursing and Midwifery, Monash University and Peninsula Health added “Congratulations to David on receiving the prestigious Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in Monday's Queen’s Birthday Honours List. It has been an honour to co-supervise his PhD candidature during which he has continued to develop his work in the area of severe asthma. This research is the largest cohort of patients of this severity to be evaluated for and treated with Bronchial Thermoplasty and will inform the management of patients with few therapeutic options remaining. An acknowledgement of hard work and dedication to the people of the Mornington Peninsula and the broader Australian community.”