Recog­nise a lo­cal hero

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NOM­I­NAT­ING a friend, fam­ily mem­ber, col­league or your­self for a 2019 Western Aus­tralian of the Year Award is a quick and sim­ple process.

Just ask for­mer win­ner and nom­i­na­tor Fiona Stan­ley.

Pro­fes­sor Stan­ley nom­i­nated 2018 Western Aus­tralian of the Year Mike Daube.

“Mike is one of the most ef­fec­tive pub­lic health ad­vo­cates in the world,” she said.

“He has prob­a­bly done more than any­one to re­duce tobacco con­sump­tion glob­ally, and par­tic­u­larly in Aus­tralia.

“He has thus pre­vented mil­lions of pre­ma­ture deaths and com­pli­ca­tions of smok­ing.

“He has also tack­led al­co­hol, obe­sity and other ma­jor pub­lic health prob­lems.

“And yet he has not been prop­erly recog­nised and we thought that he would be a won­der­ful Aus­tralian of the Year,” she said.

Prof Stan­ley, who was nom­i­nated by a child health nurse for her award, said the group of peo­ple who got to­gether to nom­i­nate Pro­fes­sor Daube was “thrilled” when he was an­nounced the 2018 win­ner.

“I keep think­ing of what he will do now that he has this plat­form,” she said.

Prof Stan­ley said his recog­ni­tion as Western Aus­tralian of the Year was won­der­ful for WA and for pub­lic health.

Cel­e­brate WA chair­man Michael Anghie said that the an­ual awards cel­e­brated the very best achieve­ments of West Aus­tralians, whether they had an im­pact lo­cally or fur­ther afield.

“I en­cour­age ev­ery West Aus­tralian to think hard about who they know is do­ing truly re­mark­able work in their field, and take a few min­utes to nom­i­nate them for an award, so they can re­ceive the recog­ni­tion they de­serve,” Mr Anghie said.

To nom­i­nate, visit www.wa­ un­til Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 15.

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