New State MP for Cheltenham, Mr Joe Szakacs MP, visits the BHI
State Member of Parliament for Cheltenham, Mr Joe Szakacs MP, met with the Director of Research at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Professor Guy Maddern, on Wednesday 29th May. They have both had a long association with TQEH, having each been born at the hospital! Mr Szakacs requested a tour of the Basil Hetzel Institute after receiving the 2018 Research Report. The discussion between Professor Maddern and Mr Szakacs ranged from the translational nature of research at the BHI, the invaluable clinical-research interface at TQEH, our long association with The Hospital Research Foundation (formerly TQEH Foundation), future challenges facing researchers, and a bit of history about some of the great medical advances that have arisen at TQEH.
Mr Szakacs was elected to the South Australian House of Assembly at a by-election for the seat of Cheltenham in February 2019 following the retirement of former Premier Jay Weatherill. Prior to being elected as a politician he was the state secretary of SA Unions.