Honour roll

The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients

Australian of the Year


2020 QLD Australian of the Year Nominee

Dr David Cartwright

State: Queensland


For more than 35 years, Dr David Cartwright has saved countless premature babies' lives, providing exceptional care while they spend up to the first six months of their lives in hospital.

As former director of neonatology at the Royal Brisbane Women's Hospital, David's work in the neonatal intensive care unit, caring for some of Queensland's sickest babies, has contributed to extraordinary advances in treating premature births.

David helped establish of the Australian and New Zealand Neonatal Network (ANZNN) in 1994 – a collaborative network monitoring high-risk newborn and infant care by pooling data to provide quality assurance. Now retired, he still voluntarily assists some hospitals with their ANZNN data collection and submission.

David is credited by many grateful parents for saving their babies' lives. Quietly, patiently and kindly, David has spent his career caring for precious new lives, bringing comfort and support to distressed parents, and educating innumerable junior doctors and nurses – making him admired and loved by many.


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