Past Award Nominees and Recipients
Australian of the Year
State and Territory Recipient
SA Australian of the Year 2018
Professor David David ACState: South Australia
An accomplished and respected craniofacial surgeon, Professor David David has dedicated the last 45 years of his life to working with patients with facial deformities and disfigurements. The 76-year-old medical veteran founded the world-renowned Australian Craniofacial Unit based at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and the Women's and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide. Since he established the unit in 1975, David has helped more than 17,000 people. Many of David's patients first come into his care within hours of their birth, and their relationship can continue for life. Working alongside a team of top medical professionals, one of just two multidisciplinary craniofacial teams in the world, David uses his skills to change faces and change lives. David helps people from all over Australia, South East Asia and beyond, treating around 20 international patients each year. David continues his work to develop new treatments, tools, research and systems to restore the dignity of his patients. In David’s hands, complex surgical procedures seem commonplace and he does, indeed, perform miracles.