Professor Wendy Cheng receives Outstanding Clinician Award

Photo of Dr Wendy Cheng
September 20, 2018

Professor Wendy Cheng has been awarded the 2018 Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA) Outstanding Clinician Award. This award recognises a GESA member's outstanding contribution to clinical gastroenterology.

Wendy is the Head of Liver Service, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Royal Perth Hospital (RPH), and was nominated for the award for consistently demonstrating admirable characteristics throughout her career.

GESA President Professor Nari Teoh described Wendy as an inspirational leader who excels in clinical teaching and research, and one who has implemented numerous important initiatives which have expanded treatment opportunities enormously.

Wendy was also acknowledged as being the driving force behind the establishment of the Liver Service at RPH, which is recognised as a cohesive unit of dedicated staff who strive to improve access to treatment and maintain the highest quality of care for patients with liver disease across WA.

Other major achievements acknowledged through the award was the establishment of one of the largest hepatitis C research centres introducing the research manager and nursing research roles, setting up the online hepatitis C and hepatitis B learning modules for GPs and health care professionals. There have been outstanding efforts to improve access to treatment in remote areas, with the Royal Perth Bentley Group being the first in the country to introduce telehealth clinics enabling the team to deliver medical and nursing care to patients all over the State.

As part of the 2018 GESA Outstanding Clinician Award presentation Wendy was invited to deliver a presentation during the plenary session of the 2018 Australian Gastroenterology Week in Brisbane. Wendy’s presentation topic was “will hepatitis C become history”.

Congratulations to Wendy for her ongoing impressive work, contribution to the medical field and her tremendous endeavours as an outstanding East Metropolitan Health Service clinician.