Professor surprised and humbled over award win

A CANTERBURY Hospital specialist and Kingsgrove resident, Professor Matthew Chu has been awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the General Division for significant service to emergency medicine and professional associations.

The Director of the hospital’s Medical Assessment Unit and Senior Specialist in Emergency Medicine since 2013, Professor Chu is also Director, Pre-Vocational Education Training and Co ordinator, Graduate Medical Placements.
His many roles include being the Senior Examiner at the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, a Peer Support Examiner, a Standards and Endorsement Committee member, a Geriatric Emergency Medicine Network member, a Senior Examiner at the Australian Medical Council and a Specialist Training supervisor.
Other awards include: Distinguished Achievement Award, NSW Postgraduate Medical Council, 1998, Foundation 20 Medal, Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, 2003, Don Walker Award, Health Informatics Society of Australia, 2006, Teaching Excellence Award, Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, 2010, Certificate of Appreciation, Outstanding Contribution to Education – Medicine, 2016, and Australasian College for Emergency Medicine Award, 2018.
Describing his AM win as “surprising and humbling”, Professor Chu said he felt lucky to be doing a job he loved.
“As well as caring for patients, I have always tried to make it easier for other doctors coming through and have been mentoring since the 1980s,” he said.
“My work has been very rewarding, being able to pass on what I have learnt and to be able to give back to the community the skills that I have gained throughout my career.
“I would like to encourage others to do the same, to make this country a better one for all.”