Nom­i­nate a leg­end

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

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 and said the nom­i­na­tion process was quick and sim­ple.

“Mike is one of the most ef­fec­tive pub­lic health ad­vo­cates in the world. He has prob­a­bly done more than any­one to re­duce to­bacco con­sump­tion glob­ally, and par­tic­u­larly in Aus­tralia,” she said.

“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.”

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

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

“And if he be­comes Aus­tralian of the Year, that will be won­der­ful for him and for WA and for pub­lic health.”

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

To nom­i­nate, visit www.wa­ un­til Fe­bru­ary 15.

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