Past Award Nominees and Recipients
Australian of the Year
2018 QLD Australian of the Year Nominee
Dr Glenn GardenerState: Queensland
Pioneering maternal fetal surgeon
A pioneer of maternal fetal medicine, Dr Glenn Gardener is giving many families hope. The Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Mater Mothers’ Hospital in Brisbane, Glenn is the only specialist in Australia performing in-utero fetal surgery for congenital diaphragmatic hernia and spina bifida. In July 2016, Glenn and a team of specialists performed the first in-utero maternal fetal surgery in Australia on a baby with spina bifida at 24 weeks gestation. Before this, Australian families had to travel to overseas or wait until their baby was born for surgery to be performed. Glenn has worked tirelessly for many years to champion the surgery, and has now performed the procedure on four expectant mothers and their babies with exceptional outcomes. Admired for his humility, kindness and desire to make a difference, Glenn continues to advocate for all Australians to have access to the best medical care for their unborn babies.