Professor Paul Komesaroff has been announced as Swan Hill’s 2018 Australia Day Ambassador.
Prof Komesaroff is a physician, medical researcher and philosopher at Monash University in Melbourne, where he is Professor of Medicine. He will speak at the Swan Hill Riverside Park breakfast and as well as at events in Lake Boga and Ultima on 26 January.
Swan Hill Rural City Council Mayor Les McPhee is looking forward to the upcoming breakfast celebration.
“The Australia Day breakfast is always a big event on our calendar, and it’s fantastic to see that each year a huge crowd gathers at Riverside Park to celebrate what it is to be Australian,” Cr McPhee said.
Mayor McPhee added that he was particularly looking forward to hearing from this year’s Australia Day Ambassador.
“Professor Komesaroff is an incredibly intelligent and compassionate Ambassador,” Cr McPhee said.
“He has a PhD in philosophy, an international reputation in health care ethics, and has made a major impact on the field of clinical ethics – and that’s just in Australia.
“His international work covers reconciliation and healing after conflict and social crisis, the nature and impact of foreign aid, and capacity building in global health.”
A published author, and incredibly well respected mentor, Professor Komesaroff also regularly dedicates his time to teaching others and has been extensively involved in the education of medical students, medical practitioners, nurses and other health professionals.
The Swan Hill Australia Day breakfast will run from 6.30am until 9.30am on Friday, 26 January, with a cooked breakfast served until 9am. Entry is free. The cost for breakfast is $8 for adults, or $4 for children under 12.
The Australia Day Community Committee and Swan Hill Rural City Council co-ordinate the Australia Day breakfast. For more information, contact co-ordinator Marie Schlemme on 5032 1743 or 0427 630 793.
There will also be community-run Australia Day celebrations across the municipality – at Lake Boga, Manangatang, Beverford, Nyah West, Ultima, Robinvale and Wemen. Visit the What’s On section of Council’s website for details.