Past Award Finalists and Recipients
Australian of the Year
State Finalist Australian of the Year 2013
Dr Ian Holten
Internationally recognised plastic surgeon Ian Holten devotes his professional skills to transforming the lives of those who would otherwise continue to endure terrible injury and disability. As well as developing innovative surgical techniques he helped establish a plastic surgery program, Interplast, which provides free reconstructive surgery for patients who would otherwise not be able to afford access to such services. For nearly 30 years, Interplast has worked in 25 countries and implemented over 500 surgical and allied health medical program activities across the Asia Pacific region. It has supported over 70 surgeons and nurses to continue part of their training in Australia, sent over 600 volunteers on medical programs, provided over 32,000 consultations and performed over 21,000 life-changing operations. Every year Ian and his colleagues travel to developing countries including the Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, China and Vietnam for three months to operate on local people and train local doctors. With a secure, ongoing funding base, Interplast now has the capacity to fund the travel and equipment needed by Ian and his team for their life-changing work.