Here is an ANZAC Day message from the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Chief Clinical Officer, Professor Michael Boyer AM.
“On this day of special remembrance I would like to honour the men and women who have served and died in war and in service. Some of you will be our patients or the loved ones and carers of our patients. And as a clinician, I would like to pay respect to the doctors, the nurses, the pathologists, the anaesthetists and medical staff that have served the Australian and New Zealand forces over the years.
ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, who fought together in the first world war. Although April 25th was officially designated ANZAC Day in 1916 by Australia and New Zealand, it now commemorates the forces serving together in other combat zones such as Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq. It is a national holiday in both countries and a day of remembrance.
Sadly, returned service people such as our Vietnam veterans suffer from higher rates of some cancers compared to the rest of the population.
We salute our veterans today.”