Past Award Nominees and Recipients
Senior Australian of the Year
State and Territory Recipient
VIC Senior Australian of the Year 2018
Professor Paul Zimmet AOState: Victoria
Scientist and diabetes specialist
An international leader in the field of diabetes for 40 years, Emeritus Professor Paul Zimmet has had a profound impact on the lives of Australians living with diabetes. Paul’s research studies in the 1980s predicted the current global epidemic of Type 2 diabetes, and he was instrumental in convincing governments and health organisations of the disease’s social and economic impact. Paul established the International Diabetes Institute in Melbourne in 1984, the first institute in Australia to concentrate on diabetes and associated disorders. He has published more than 890 research papers, has been named one of the world's most influential scientific minds, and is ranked in the top 10 diabetes researchers for global impact. The award-winning scientist has mentored many other experts in his field, and has influenced the work of healthcare professionals, diabetes educators, city planners, politicians and policy-makers. Paul’s intellect, knowledge, international profile and passion have harnessed medical, scientific, community and government resources to combat the national and global diabetes epidemic.