Congratulations to Professor Marion Saville on being appointed as a member (AM) of the Order of Australia.
The Order of Australia recognises Australians who have demonstrated outstanding service or exceptional achievement. The AM recognises Marion’s important contribution to Australia’s world leading cervical cancer prevention programs and the success of VCS Foundation Ltd, making a difference to women’s lives in Australia and around the world.
Marion’s career of over 30 years has been focussed on delivering and leading laboratory and registry services that support public health programs, in particular screening and vaccination programs, serving on numerous cervical screening advisory committees in Australia and New Zealand.
Most recently Marion was a member of the Renewal Steering Committee, a group established by Australian governments to provide oversight to “Renewal” of the National Cervical Screening Program and was a member (Deputy Chair) on the Working Party to draft “Clinical Management Guidelines for the Prevention of Cervical Cancer”.
Marion is co-Principal Investigator on Australia’s largest clinical trial the “Compass Trial”. Compass is a large randomised controlled trial comparing HPV testing every five years with cytology tests every 2 ½ years for the prevention of cervical cancer.
This trial helped to inform the implementation of the renewed Australian National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP) and will continue to provide evidence regarding the optimal triage of women in whom HPV (not16/18) is detected. She is also co-Principal Investigator on Project ROSE (removing obstacles to cervical screening), a project aimed at optimising a model of screening that will be scalable and affordable in order to make acceptable cervical screening available to all Malaysian women.
Marion works tirelessly to improve the programs that support screening and vaccination and is dedicated to seeing the elimination of cervical cancer in women in Australia and our region, particularly among disadvantaged women in Australia and those from low and middle income countries.
Marion’s vision, drive, leadership and unwavering commitment to improve the quality and equity of cervical screening has made her a very worthy recipient of this award.
Marion is a past President/Vice President of the Australian Society of Society (2009-2013), she was also Chair of the Board of Examiners during this time and has served as Victorian branch Councillor and committee member on various