Korean Australian gastroenterologist and hepatologist Prof. Alce Lee has been awarded with Cheryl Burman Award 2017 for her relentless commitment to Hepatitis B awareness and related medical activities not only in Australia but neighbouring countries including North Korea.
Associate Professor Alice Lee is a clinical associate professor at Macquarie University and currently leads the liver services at Concord and Canterbury Hospitals.
Prof. Lee is also a founder of the Hepatitis B Free charity which was founded in 2013.
Hepatitis B Free initially worked in remote Papua New Guinea, where volunteer health workers travelled on foot to vaccinate and provide basic health clinics for tribal villages.
They decided to continue addressing the huge unaddressed need of hepatitis B in other resource-poor areas, including North Korea. She has been instrumental in bringing Hepatitis B awareness in the Asia Pacific Region into the light.
Prof Lee initiated a HBV screening program in NSW in 2014 using the Standard Diagnostics point of care rapid finger prick test – she has worked with the Korean, Burmese, Chinese, Assyrian, Aboriginal and Lebanese communities in NSW.
Prof. Lee, in partnership with various local Health Departments, WHO, NGOs and other local partners has implemented programs providing HBV education, screening, vaccination and antiviral treatment in some of the most remote areas of the Pacific.
The Cheryl Burman Award is presented annually to an individual or team operating in NSW in recognition of their outstanding commitment to the advancement of treatment, support, information provision, management for people living with viral hepatitis. Cheryl Burman, former Board member and President of the Hepatitis C Council of NSW – now Hepatitis NSW – died in 2011 after a long and arduous struggle with hepatitis C related liver disease.