Honour roll

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

Australian of the Year


2012 SA Australian of the Year Nominee

Susan Neuhaus

State: South Australia


From tours of duty in Cambodia and Afghanistan to the hospital wards of London and Adelaide, Associate Professor Susan Neuhaus has acquired a unique range of surgical experience. Her combined passion for military and medical life saw her become Australia’s first female doctor to be posted overseas as a regimental medical officer, in 1993 serving in Cambodia for nine months with the United Nations Transitional Authority. She subsequently spent several months in Bougainville providing surgical support to the Peace Monitoring Group. But it was the mysteries of cancer that sparked her surgical interest and in 2004 she was awarded the Lumley Surgical Fellowship, working at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London in the Melanoma and Sarcoma Unit. Five years later, by now a mother and a colonel in the Army Reserve, Susan went to Afghanistan as Clinical Director of the multinational NATO hospital in Uruzgan. She was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross later that year. With a PhD focussing on the mechanisms of cancer spread, Susan is a general surgeon and  surgical oncologist, specialising in melanoma and sarcoma surgery. At the Royal Adelaide Hospital Susan shares her wealth of knowledge and experience with the next generation of young surgeons.