Australia Day – 26 January 2018

People who have worked to fight HIV and support people living with HIV were among those receiving this year’s prestigious Australia Day honours.

Among them, one of ASHM's founding members circa 1980s, Dr Peter Creighton from Sydney, awarded Member (AM) in the division of the Order of Australia for significant service to medicine in the prevention and treatment of HIV and tuberculosis as a clinician, researcher and mentor.

"His work was so very important in the early days of HIV/AIDS when we were seeing so much Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP)," said ASHM President A/Prof Mark Bloch referencing back to darker times of a pre-HIV Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) era when large number of people with AIDS were dying from this most common opportunistic infection. 

Dr Peter Creighton's long-standing service includes his work at the Northern Sydney Local Health District (formerly Northern Sydney Local Area Health Service) where he served in the Department of Respiratory Medicine, Royal North Shore Hospital (1983-2008) formerly as Director of HIV Services, and Director of Physician Education.

As well as being a founding member of ASHM, he was one of our organisation's Management Committee Member (1990-1999) and an ASHM Clinical Advisor in programs in Papua New Guinea (2004-2006).

The Order of Australia honours have recognised outstanding achievements and service since 1975.