The Australian Senior of the Year for 2016 is Professor Gordian Fulda who for more than 30 years has worked from midnight to dawn presiding over Australia’s busiest emergency departments at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital.
Gordian is the longest serving emergency department director in Australia. The doctor on call when disaster strikes, Gordian has seen it all and is passionately outspoken about the scourge of ‘ice’ and alcohol-fuelled violence which delivers a flood of people into Australian hospitals each weekend.
COTA Australia has congratulated Gordian: “Every day there are millions of Australians over the age of 65 inspiring others with their energy, wisdom and passion. This year’s recipient, Professor Gordian Fulde, has those qualities in spades,” said Ian yates CEO of COTA Australia.
“For over 30 years he has been on the front line, saving lives and providing crisis care to many thousands of patients. There is no more demanding field of medicine than emergency departments.
“His speaking out about what he sees in the emergency department is a wake up call for what is happening outside the emergency door, on the streets,” ian Yates said.