Diana Horvath

Diana Glen Horvath AO (born 1944)[1] is an Australian medical doctor, researcher and administrator and the first female chair of the National Health and Medical Research Council.[2]


Diana Horvath

NationalityAustralian
EducationUniversity of Sydney
Occupation(s)Medical doctor, administrator
SpouseJohn Horvath AO

Early life and educationEdit

Horvath graduated from the Redlands, Cremorne[3] and the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery in 1968. She later completed a Masters of Health Planning from the University of New South Wales.[4]

CareerEdit

Horvath served as a junior medical officer for three years before emigrating with her husband John to work at Johns Hopkins University for 2 years.

Public health physician and health administratorEdit

Upon return to Australia, Horvath trained in public health medicine and health administration. She served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Central Sydney Health Services, the predecessor of Sydney South West Area Health Service, itself a predecessor of Sydney Local Health District (LHD) and South West Sydney LHD.[5]

Horvath served as the first community physician at Mount Druitt Centre in the early days of the Western Metropolitan Health Region. She also established community nurses at all schools and a back-up service at the Mount Druitt shopping centre, which became the pattern for community health services delivery in Western Sydney. This led to her becoming Principal Adviser in Community Services in the Health Commission of New South Wales, which were formative years for the establishment of the National Community Health Program under the Whitlam Government. Diana was responsible for the direction of the program in New South Wales and for negotiating with the Federal Health Department and the Hospitals and Health Services Commission.[4]

HonoursEdit

Horvath was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in the 1995 Queen's Birthday Honours for "service to health administration and to medicine particularly through advancing medical teaching and medical research.".[6] She was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001 for "service to Australian society in business leadership".[7]

Horvath was awarded the Sidney Sax medal in 1992, the pre-eminent prize awarded by the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Horvath is married to her classmate Professor John Horvath. After graduation and 3 years' practice as junior doctors in Sydney, the two worked together at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland in the United States in the 1970s before returning to Australia.[8]

The Horvaths have two children, one of whom, Lisa, is a medical oncologist at the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse near the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and a graduate of the Horvath's alma mater, the University of Sydney;[9] another, Penny, is an arts/law graduate of the Australian National University.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Horvath, Diana Glen". Encyclopedia of Australian Science. Archived from the original on 12 April 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  2. ^ Mellor, Diana. "Horvath, Diana". Faculty of Medicine Online Museum and Archive. University of Sydney. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Notable Alumni". Redlands, Cremorne.
  4. ^ a b c d "1992 Sidney Sax Medallist - Dr Diana Horvath". Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association. 12 June 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Graduation: From the top: Chief Executive Officer of the Central Sydney Health Services, Dr Diana Horvath, and husband Professor John Horvath; Ms Jenny Paoloni, her husband Dr Henry Paoloni; Dr Lisa Horvath and Dr Richard Paoloni (husband and wife, with their parents". 1994.
  6. ^ "Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) entry for Professor Diana Glen Horvath". It's an Honour, Australian Honours Database. Canberra, Australia: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 12 June 1995. Retrieved 15 June 2020. For service to health administration and to medicine particularly through advancing medical teaching and medical research
  7. ^ "Centenary Medal entry for Professor Diana Glen Horvath". It's an Honour, Australian Honours Database. Canberra, Australia: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 1 January 2001. Retrieved 15 June 2020. For service to Australian society in business leadership
  8. ^ "Professor Diana Horvath AO". Chris O'Brien Lifehouse. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
  9. ^ "Professor Lisa Horvath". Chris O'Brien Lifehouse.