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AIMS Fellow Recognised in Queens Birthday Honours List

21st Jul 16

I am pleased to announce that Mr Michael Laurence Ralston, Battery Point Tasmania, has been recognised in this years Queens birthday honours list as Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia, "For significant service to medical practice, research and governance, particularly in the field of pathology and laboratory services." 

Michael Laurence Ralston AM, FIBMS, FAIMS, FRCPA (Hon), FFSc (RCPA) becoming the 192nd Fellow of the Institute in 1979

Mike started, as a research assistant in 1960 in the department of Genetics at the University of Sheffield in the UK and over the next 14 years became a leading scientist in Haematology and Transfusion in the UK. He migrated to the Latrobe Valley in Victoria in 1974 to take on the role of senior medical scientist at Latrobe Valley hospital and has been a leader in the profession ever since. In the late 80's he broke new ground as the managing director of Gippsland Pathology Service a role that up to then had typically been held by a pathologist.

Michael has been a teacher, mentor and leader to many. He has been part of the development of laboratory information systems (Medipath), been involved as a consultant to government as well as advisor to both private and public pathology services. He started up and managed the Immunohaematology Quality Assurance program that is now run through AIMS. He has been both member and chair of the National pathology Accreditation Advisory Council Advisory and Planning Committee (NPAAC APC) , a Fellow and board member of the Royal College of Pathologist of Australia (RCPA), a contributor to the National Health & Medical Research Council (NH&MRC), a member of the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC), and member and consultant to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) He has also chaired the Gippsland division of AIMS and been convenor to two AIMS Victorian branch meetings 81 & 86. In 1984 was co-founder and convenor of the National Immunohaematology Continuing Education meeting (NICE), which is still run annually. Mike has also authored and published numerous publications. 

Other awards and recognition includes:
Recipient, Jim Davis Memorial Award for Services to Medical Laboratory Science, 1984.
Recipient, Lane-Warner Memorial Award for Services to Medical Laboratory Science in Gippsland, 1988. 
Mike has been an inspiration to many and I am grateful or his support and encouragement in my formative years as a scientist in blood transfusion. Please join me in congratulating Mike on this tremendous honour in recognition of his work in the field of medical science.

Geoff Magrin (FAIMS)