Honour roll

The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients

Australian of the Year


2013 WA Australian of the Year Nominee

Dr David Joske

State: Western Australia


Dr David Joske has been Head of Haematology at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (SCGH) since 1994. His clinical and research interests include the treatment of lymphomas, palliative care in haematology, and supportive care in cancer. In 2001, he launched the community-based healthcare organisation SolarisCare Foundation (originally the Peters & Brownes Cancer Support Centre) and is currently its Chairman.  The Foundation has administered over 35,000 complementary therapy treatments offering support, information, education and complementary therapies to cancer patients and their carers.  Each year the Foundation treats 7,000 Western Australians with cancer in Perth and regional WA. Dr Joske has held two National Health and Medical Research Council grants, one examining models of palliative care in haematology and a randomised controlled trial of his own shared cancer models. He is the University of Western Australia’s Clinical Professor of Medicine and was awarded the John Curtin medal in 2005. Away from the hospital he plays guitar in a blues band and in 1999 won a WA music industry award for his song writing.


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