A FORMER Kirkcaldy High School pupil has received a Queen’s Birthday Honour for helping at-risk mothers and babies – in Australia.
Euan Wallace (50), who lives with his wife and three children in Melbourne, has been awarded membership (AM) of the Order of Australia for service to medicine in obstetrics and gynaecology, in the annual list. The award is the British equivalent of an OBE.
His research work, which he does on top of his daily duties, has seen him and his team advance Downs Syndrome screening and also helped to develop stem cell biology treatments which could help reduce brain and lung damage in stressed fetuses.
He also helped to establish a successful home birth programme for mothers to be at the Monash Women’s hospital.
Professor Wallace originally went out to Australia on a year long research project when he worked as a senior registrar at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, but he and his family decided to stay after he was awarded a consultant’s post.
He is now head of obstetrics and gynaecology at Southern Clinical School and leads Victoria’s largest maternity service.
His mother and father, Bette and John (both 82) still live in Kirkcaldy and are very proud of their son.
“We go out to visit him regularly, but Euan is never one to talk too much about his work, so we were very surprised when we heard about his honour and saw his list of achievements,” said John.
Euan attended Kinghorn and Dunearn Primary Schools then went on to Kirkcaldy High School where his mum was a learning support teacher.
“He wanted to study medicine from a very early age and originally wanted to be a psychiatrist. That changed when he went to Edinburgh University,” added Bette. “Australia has been very good to him and his family.”