RACP College Medal awarded to renowned women’s health researcher

Professor Susan Davis AO, recipient of the RACP College Medal, with Emeritus Professor Malcolm Sim AM, President of the RACP Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (AFOEM), at the RACP Congress College Ceremony.

Huge congratulations to the Head of our Women’s Health Research Program, researcher and endocrinologist Professor Susan Davis AO, on recently receiving the annual College Medal from the Royal Australian College of Physicians.

The Medal recognises a Fellow who makes a significant contribution to medical specialist practice, healthcare and/or health of community through physician activities. The prestigious prize is awarded annually at the RACP Congress College Ceremony, which was held over the weekend.

Professor Davis’s research spans basic science to clinical trials, and has been pivotal in our understanding of sex hormones in women, notably in relation to menopause and testosterone. In 2019 she led the most comprehensive meta-analysis of testosterone treatment for women ever undertaken, that demonstrated that testosterone supplementation may significantly improve sexual wellbeing in postmenopausal women.

At the time the study findings were released, she was serving as President of the International Menopause Society and has previously served as President of the Australasian Menopause Society In these capacities she built on the findings by driving forward a global consensus position statement on the use of testosterone therapy for women.

An original Founder of Jean Hailes for Women, Australia's foremost community-based women's health organisation, she has also put great energy into advocating for research into women’s health, and provided a voice for women and physicians to influence policy and practice in the space. She’s also advocated for best clinical care via co-authorship of international Best Practice Guidelines and working with industry to ensure the health needs of women are understood.

With over 435 peer-reviewed publications and numerous awards to her name, Prof Davis was also appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to medicine and to women's health.

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