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Dr Cliff Meldrum retires after 25 years of dedicated service

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12th July, 2023

After more than 25 years of dedicated service and remarkable contributions, Dr Cliff Meldrum, Director of Genomics officially retires from NSW Health Pathology this week. We will miss his warm personality, approachability, willingness to mentor and guide others and unwavering dedication.

Cliff has been an inte­gral part of NSWHP, play­ing a piv­otal role in shap­ing our genomics ser­vice and its achieve­ments. His tire­less com­mit­ment to estab­lish­ing our statewide sequenc­ing ser­vice and pro­vid­ing train­ing and edu­ca­tion, as well as his wealth of knowl­edge and out­stand­ing lead­er­ship have added so much to our organisation.

Genomics is mov­ing quick­ly, both nation­al­ly and with­in NSW Health. Through­out his tenure, Cliff has spear­head­ed numer­ous ground-break­ing genomics projects, paving the way for advance­ments in research and discovery.

Cliff has also con­tributed great­ly to the field of genomics, serv­ing as:
• Chair of the Mol­e­c­u­lar Genet­ics Soci­ety of the HGSA (pri­or to the for­ma­tion of the ASDG),
• Prin­ci­pal Exam­in­er in Genet­ics of the RCPA Fac­ul­ty of Science,
• Asses­sor for the Euro­pean Mol­e­c­u­lar Qual­i­ty Net­work as well as NATA,
• Chair of the Trans­la­tion­al Med­i­cine com­mit­tee and co-chair of the IT sys­tems and Infra­struc­ture com­mit­tee for phas­es 1 and 2 of the NSW Health Genomics strat­e­gy, and
• mem­ber of the Aus­tralian Genomics nation­al steer­ing committee.

Cliff’s exper­tise, strate­gic vision and abil­i­ty to nav­i­gate com­plex sci­en­tif­ic chal­lenges have earned him great respect amongst his peers and colleagues.

Beyond his pro­fes­sion­al achieve­ments, Clif­f’s warm per­son­al­i­ty, approach­a­bil­i­ty and will­ing­ness to men­tor and guide oth­ers made him an invalu­able asset to NSWHP. He led by exam­ple and fos­tered a col­lab­o­ra­tive and inclu­sive work environment.

Please join us in thank­ing Cliff for his unwa­ver­ing ded­i­ca­tion, out­stand­ing achieve­ments and last­ing con­tri­bu­tions to NSW Health Pathol­o­gy. We wish you a very hap­py and enjoy­able retirement.


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