Last night, I had the honour of announcing the winner of the South Australian 2018 Winner of the Australian Of The Year, Professor David David, for his work as a Craniofascial pioneer. He was amongst a group of outstanding South Australian finalists, in all categories. What attending the event did for me, was bring back the pleasure of having been announced as the winner of this award almost twelve months ago. I felt a sense of pride again, not only for being a South Australian, but for the work I do, and continue to do it, in spite of being maliciously accused of being a medical fraud and publicly defamed. Every state winner for 2017 recieved a lot of negative press; sad, but also true.
I felt a strange mixture of emotions.
And a sense of fear for the new winners and their families.
So my message to the winners in each state for the AOTY 2018 award is this:
Enjoy your year ahead.
Be very proud.
Be VERY wary of which reporters you agree to talk to.
Finally, please remember that Tall Poppy syndrome is still alive and well in Australia.