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Professor David Hill gets award for fighting all cancers

Monday 26 January, 2009

Professor David Hill, the Director of the Cancer Council Victoria and President of the International Union Against Cancer (UICC) has been honored with an Australia Day award for his work fighting cancer in Victoria, nationally and internationally.

Professor Hill has been made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO).

A behavioural scientist, Professor Hill was founding Director of the Cancer Council Victoria's Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer, established in 1986. He has professorial status at Melbourne, Monash and Deakin Universities and has served on the Research and Health Advisory Committees of Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

At an international level, he was elected President of the UICC for a 2-year term last August and, in this capacity, is working to achieve global uptake of the World Cancer Declaration's 11-point plan to reduce the burden of cancer worldwide.

"I am honoured and humbled to have been given this award today which acknowledges not only my work, but all those who have worked tirelessly alongside me to fight all cancers," Professor Hill said.

"I regard this award as a shared honour as so many who do so much remain less recognised," he said.

Cancer kills more than 40,000 Australians each year and while survival rates have improved to over 60%, Professor Hill said much needed to be done in Australia and overseas to fight the disease.

Professor Hill, who received his PhD in psychology from the University of Melbourne, has authored or co-authored over 200 scientific articles and reports in the medical, public health and psychological literature.

His published work includes research on the prevalence of adolescent and adult smoking, strategies for smoking cessation, reduction of smoking uptake, smoking regulation, behavioural aspects of screening mammography, management of primary operable breast cancer, efficacy of breast self-examination, monitoring trends in skin cancer prevention, and exploring determinants of behaviours related to skin cancer prevention.

In 2001, he was made a Member in the Order of Australia (AM) for "services to the promotion of community health, particularly in the development of cancer awareness and prevention programs.

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