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James Muecke

James Muecke

Australian ophthalmologist
James Muecke
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Quick Facts

Intro Australian ophthalmologist
Is Physician
From Australia
Type Healthcare
Gender male
Birth Adelaide, Australia
Awards
Australian of the Year 2020
Member of the Order of Australia 2012
The details

Biography

James Sunter Muecke AM is an ophthalmologist working in Adelaide, South Australia, and 2020 Australian of the Year, having been South Australian of the Year.

Early life

Muecke was born in Adelaide, and trained as a doctor at the University of Adelaide.

Professional life

Muecke began his career in Kenya. He relocated to South Australia and became an eye surgeon and blindness prevention pioneer, starting both Vision Myanmar at the South Australian Institute of Ophthalmology in 2000, and Sight For All, a social impact organisation "aiming to create a world where everyone can see".

In the 2012 Queen's Birthday Honours, Muecke was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). He received the University of Adelaide's Vice-Chancellor's Alumni Award in 2019.

On being appointed the 2020 Australian of the Year, Muecke immediately advocated for a tax on sugary drinks in the fight against Type 2 diabetes.

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https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/eye-surgeon-and-sight-protector-james-muecke-honouredas-sas-australian-of-the-year/news-story/1f6f91607d6c6cb2a9475c6c6c9b9adb
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/25/australian-of-the-year-dr-james-muecke-awarded-top-prize-and-ashleigh-barty-also-honoured
https://www.adelaide.edu.au/alumni/news/list/2019/05/31/dr-james-muecke-am
https://honours.pmc.gov.au/honours/awards/1145911
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australian-of-the-year-calls-for-sugar-tax-to-fight-diabetes-caused-blindness-20200125-p53unt.html
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-25/australian-of-year-awards-2020-announced-in-canberra/11901006
https://sightforall.org/
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