Honour roll

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

Australian of the Year

Nominee

2019 QLD Australian of the Year Nominee

Dr Harry Stalewski

State: Queensland

When Dr Harry Stalewski arrived in Townsville in 1987, he became solely responsible for all paediatric surgery north of Brisbane. He has saved countless lives and supported thousands of families through some of their toughest times. A surgeon of exceptional skill, Harry is honoured for his selfless and tireless efforts.

When Dr Harry Stalewski arrived in Townsville from the UK in 1987, he became solely responsible for all paediatric surgery north of Brisbane. This meant being on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – for 25 years. He has saved countless lives, and supported thousands of families through some of their toughest times.

Harry believes that children shouldn't have to travel to receive first-class care, and it was his drive that has enabled specialist paediatric surgery to be provided to North Queensland's children. Harry established clinics in Cairns and Mackay, and every few months, time on Thursday Island consulting and operating.

Having a broad training base Harry initially looked after all aspects of paediatric surgery but as new specialists have arrived, his main focus now is on neonatal surgery, genitourinary surgery and paediatric plastics & burns. Harry mentored medical, nursing and occupational therapy students and lectures at the James Cook University. Harry is honoured for his dedication and his impeccable, selfless and tireless efforts.

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