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Order of Malta Australia


Importance of philosophy and ethics in Medicine acknowledged


Recognizing the study of philosophy and ethics in Medicine each year at Notre Dame, two students from the University’s Fremantle Campus recently received prizes, sponsored by the Order of Malta in Western Australia, for achieving excellence in these disciplines.

Jacky and Kevin

Jacky and Kevin

Second year Medicine student, Jacky Yeung, was presented the prize for Philosophical studies in Medicine by Knight of the Order, Mr Kevin Hammond AO, a long-time supporter of Notre Dame.

Jessie Chennell, the recipient for the prize in Ethics for 2011, is currently placed at the Rural Clinical School in Bunbury and hopes to work as a rural GP obstetrician when she graduates next year.

Ms Chennell said winning the Knights of Malta prize was especially meaningful considering the extent of humanitarian aid the Order had provided to hundreds of countries around the world.

“The work of the Order, in particular their commitment to the provision of care to areas of need, is inspirational,” Ms Chennell said.

Jessie and Michael

Jessie and Michael

“It is also something that I feel quite passionate about and would love to emulate in my future career as a doctor. To be awarded this prize was incredibly humbling and exciting.”

Director of Mission at the School of Medicine in Fremantle and Coordinator of the Order of Malta members in WA, Dr Michael Shanahan, said it was important to acknowledge the significant influence of ethical practice in the delivery of medical support to patients.

“The ‘good’ doctor will find that for all the knowledge and skills attained, it is the wisdom, inspired by an understanding of philosophy and ethics that influence Medicine, which makes the doctor ‘good’,” Dr Shanahan said.

Dean of the School of Medicine, Fremantle, Professor Gavin Frost said the University was appreciative of the continued support from donors who provided assistance to Notre Dame’s Medicine students each year.

“Prize giving is an opportunity to recognise those students who achieve excellence in a particular component of their four-year degree,” Professor Frost said.

The Australian Association

The Australian Association, formed in 1974, currently has in excess of 300 members and aspirant members across every State and Territory of Australia. We also have ongoing and strong links with the Order’s National Associations throughout the Asia Pacific Region including in Singapore and the Philippines and with members of the Order in New Zealand, Hong Kong SAR, Thailand and Korea. The Order of Malta is committed to serving Our Lords the Poor and Sick worldwide and has done so for over 900 years. This website shares with you the history, mission and current activities of the Order of Malta in Australia, and provides links to the work of the Order world-wide.