Campaigner honoured

Recognition for fighter for evidence-based medicines and ethical drug advertising

One of Australia’s leading public health campaigners, Associate Professor Ken Harvey, has been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday honours.

An occasional contributor to AJP, Dr Harvey is well-known to all in health media and health regulation for his tireless crusade in support of evidence-based medicines and against non-proven products and unproven advertising claims.

He was awarded the AM (Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia) for “significant service to community health and the pharmaceutical industry through roles in developing guidelines for the ethical use of antibiotics”.

Prof Harvey’s achievements include serving as Monash University Associate Professor, School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine, since 2017, and Adjunct Associate Professor, 2014-2017. 

He was previously Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Public Health, La Trobe University, 2011-2014; Senior Lecturer, 1993-2011. 

Voluntary policy officer, CHOICE and awarded life membership ‘for service to the consumer movement’. 

Executive Member, Friends of Science in Medicine, current.

Inaugural Member, Therapeutics Guidelines Limited, 1996 and ongoing involvement. 

Member, Working Group on the Promotion of Therapeutic Goods, Department of Health, Australian Government, 2010-2013. 

Guest Member, Ethical Guidelines Working Party, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 2011-2014. 

Member, Health Action International Asia Pacific, current. 

Member, Group of Experts, that devised the ‘Ethical Criteria for Medicinal Drug Promotion’, World Health Organisation, United Nations, 1988.

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