Professor David Hill, AO, Director of Cancer Council Victoria, has been acknowledged with the Honour Roll Award at the National Drug and Alcohol Awards (NDAA), presented at the culmination of Drug Action Week, Friday 26 June 2009, in the Great Hall of Parliament House in Canberra.
Executive Director of the Australian National Council on Drugs, Mr Gino Vumbaca, stated on behalf of the collaborating organisations that coordinate the awards (Ted Noffs Foundation, Australian Drug Foundation, Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia and the Australian National Council on Drugs) "Professor Hill does not seek the limelight and makes himself available to people of all persuasions and at every level. He is recognised as a national and international leader and his commitment to tobacco control is well understood."
Mr Vumbaca went on to say that Proffessor Hill's "determined, professional and scientific contribution to the efforts with regard to other drugs are possibly less well-known, but have been significant, and his current role in the international sphere in the pursuit of broader drug related agendas will benefit from his knowledge as well as his well-established local, national and international networks."
Professor Hill is someone who is so clearly a leader and is so clearly identified with the work in our sector, especially with regard to tobacco - that he readily fulfils the criterion that I understand make him worthy of the Honour Roll Award. "
The Honour Roll award is in its third year, and is restricted to those who have made an outstanding contribution to addressing drug and alcohol issues over a substantial period of time.
For more information see www.drugawards.org.au.