Award for Jill

December 9, 2014 by J-Wire Staff
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Author and authoritative medical writer, Jill Margo, has won the prestigious 2014 Australian Luminous Award for outstanding journalism in cancer developments and research.

Jill Margo

Jill Margo

Ms Margo, who is Health Editor of the Australian Financial Review and well-known as biographer of Westfield founder and Chairman, Frank Lowy, was presented with the award at the Clinical Oncology Society national conference in Melbourne last week.

Chairman of the Awards judging panel, John Stubbs, said with the high burden of cancer in Australia, it is most important to acknowledge the work journalists do in keeping the public as well as professionals informed of relevant health information and research advances.

“Jill  Margo’s feature article, “Big Chill: How the tiny prostate is causing men huge dilemmas”, discussed the problem many men face regarding PSA testing and the possibility that the rush to diagnose and treat prostate cancer, especially in the late 20th century, was a disservice to many men.

“Her reporting on this controversial topic and major health issue for older men will hopefully allay the confusion and lack of clarity around prostate cancer, ”he said.

The Luminous Award is the latest in a series of honours conferred on Ms Margo, having previously been the recipient of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship, two Walkley Awards, Australia’s top media award, Health Journalist of the Year from the National Press Club, Peace Media Award from the United Nations Association of Australia, as well as 16 other awards.

She has been recognised with an AM in the Order of Australia Awards, is a board member of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and is the author of six books.

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