Dr Bo Reményi to Visit Darwin & Alice Springs

Paediatric cardiologist and 2018 Northern Territory Australian of the Year Dr Bo Reményi will visit community organisations in Darwin and Alice Springs from Tuesday 5 June to Thursday 7 June 2018, meeting people and seeing the work of family, health and women’s groups.

 

The community visits are part of the Australia Day Council Northern Territory’s Tour of Honour series for Australian of the Year Award recipients.  The Tour of Honour series aims to bring communities and Award recipients together to share knowledge and inspiration.

 

Dr Reményi was named 2018 NT Australian of the Year for her work in children’s health, particularly with Indigenous and remote communities. As a junior doctor working in remote communities, she was tasked with filling out death certificates for children dying of preventable heart disease. Finding this unfair and unacceptable, Bo spent a further six years studying to become one of Australia’s first female paediatric cardiologists. Now an internationally-recognised expert, Bo is tackling the Northern Territory’s rate of Rheumatic Heart Disease, which among the Indigenous population is currently the highest in the world. While primarily a clinician, Bo’s ground-breaking Ph D research has been published in top tier journals Lancet and Nature Reviews Cardiology and has seen her assist the American Heart Association and work with the World Heart Federation for global public health projects. Bo also undertakes humanitarian work with Rotary in resource-poor countries in our region. Bo’s contribution is even more extraordinary, given she arrived in Australia as a political refugee after fleeing Hungary as a teenager. She started school in Australia without any English language skills, but today Bo’s education, expertise and sheer hard work is saving lives.

 

Dr Reményi said the Tour of Honour would give her a chance to meet a wide range of Territorians and see first-hand the important work being done at community level.

 

“I’m always keen for any opportunity to get out into communities, especially regional areas, and talk with people,” said Dr Reményi.

 

“This tour includes community groups working in areas I am passionate about – children, Indigenous health, migrants, women and seniors.  I’m looking forward to learning from everyone I meet.”

 

Dr Reményi’s community tour comes as nominations are sought for 2019 Australian of the Year, 2019 Senior Australian of the Year, 2019 Young Australian of the Year and 2019 Australia’s Local Hero.  Nominations are open until midnight Tuesday 31 July 2018.   Nominating is quick and easy – simply complete the online nomination form at australianoftheyear.org.au or call 1300 655 193 for assistance in submitting your nomination.

 

Australia Day Council NT Chair Jeannette Button said public nominations play a crucial role in the Australian of the Year Awards.

 

“It only takes one nomination for someone to be in the running for the Awards, but a nomination must be formally submitted by a member of the public for a person to be considered for recognition,” said Ms Button.

 

“Every Australian can play their part in the Awards by nominating someone – there are four Award categories in which we can showcase the many ways in which people make a difference in our society and your nomination may help us find amazing people such as Dr Reményi for the 2019 Australian of the Year Awards.”

 

ENDS.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:   Kiya Gill, NT Australia Day Council - 0417 865 291

 

DIARY NOTE:

Media are welcome to attend/cover events on Dr Reményi’s Tour of Honour: