A Flinders School of Medicine alumnus has been honoured for his work with an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Dr David Wilkinson graduated from Flinders University in 1986, and earned his Fellowship to the Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists in 1997. He is an anaesthetist at Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) one day a week, but it is hyperbaric medicine that is his focus. Today, he is Director of the RAH’s Hyperbaric Medicine Unit.
Dr Wilkinson is currently working on his PhD through the University of Adelaide focusing on hyperbaric treatment’s effect on glucose control in diabetes.
Much of his time is spent running the RAH’s Divers Emergency Service 24-hour telephone hotline, which he has done for the past 18 years. It is run by RAH doctors and combines with the South Australian Ambulance Service to provide advice and aid to divers across the Asia-Pacific region.
Dr Wilkinson is pleased that his OAM might result in hyperbaric medicine getting some recognition. “I have many colleagues who are not aware of what hyperbaric medicine can do – hopefully this might lead them to take a look,” he said.