Professor Maddocks (pictured) was announced as winner by the Premier, Mr Jay Weatherill, at the 2013 Australian of the Year Awards ceremony last night (November 13). The award was accepted by his son – Professor Maddocks is currently in New Guinea.
Professor Maddocks was appointed as Professor of Palliative Care in 1988, after promoting the development of palliative care treatment and services in southern Adelaide for some years.
At Flinders, he pursued a rigorous and innovative teaching and research program, as well as caring for patients.
He was elected as the first President of the Australian Association of for Hospice and Palliative Care, and was also the first President of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Palliative Medicine.
Recognised also for his work in tropical and preventative medicine, his texts are used internationally, and he has received a number of international awards for his work.
He is strongly involved in advocacy for peace, helping to lead both the Medical Association for the Prevention of War and the International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War.