Westmead Hospital’s Dr Ian Nicholson nominated for 2016 NSW Australian of the Year

23 Oct 2015

Western Sydney Local Health District congratulates heart surgeon Dr Ian Nicholson on becoming a finalist for the 2016 NSW Australian of the Year.

Dr Nicholson is one of Australia’s leading cardiothoracic surgeons and has a heart of gold.

Westmead Hospital’s Dr Ian Nicholson nominated for 2016 NSW Australian of the Year

A regular volunteer with Open Heart International since his first trip to Fiji in 1994, Ian has travelled throughout the Pacific and Africa to give people in developing countries the lifesaving surgery they deserve yet cannot afford.

Each year, Ian lands in places like Papua New Guinea, Rwanda and Cambodia to run a ‘patient production line’ that treats both children and adults suffering from a range of treatable conditions – from congenital heart defects to rheumatic heart disease.

With selfless generosity, Ian has mentored medical teams in developing countries for two decades, passing on his skills and knowledge to help them gain self-sufficiency.

Donating countless hours and immeasurable expertise, Ian gives many people, both young and old, a second chance at life.

The NSW Australian of the Year will be announced on Monday 16 November at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

The NSW Award recipient will then join recipients from all other States and Territories as finalists for the national Awards, which will be held in Canberra on 25 January 2016.