Delivering the next batch of proud Aussies
WELCOMING babies into the world isn't anything new for gynaecologist Associate Professor Edward 'Ted' William Weaver (OAM).
Assoc Prof Weaver delivered more than 6000 babies after becoming the founding obstetrician at the former Selangor Maternity Ward.
At the weekend - after learning of his recognition for service to medicine and medical education - the father-of-four nursed his newborn grandson and reflected on how special the moment was.
"It's a very proud moment in your life," he said.
"I was nursing him yesterday thinking just that."
Assoc Prof Weaver, 63, was instrumental to the establishment of the maternity ward at Selangor and was the inaugural director of obstetrics and gynaecology and Nambour General Hospital in 1987.
He has been a senior medical officer at Nambour General Hospital since 2011 and a visiting medical officer from 1990-2011.
Additionally, he has also been the deputy head of the Clinical School, School of Medicine for the University of Queensland since 2012, and his awards include Excellence in Clinical Teaching and the John Pearne Medallion at the School of Medicine at UQ.
He was also made an honorary fellow of the Australian College of Midwives in 2001. But awards, recognition and thanks isn't what Assoc Prof Weaver seeks from the job.
"I think I've got the best job in medicine - which is delivering the next generation of Australians," he said.
"It's really important to continue to respect the role mothers play and ensure we're providing the best care so the next generation is born healthy."
Chief executive of the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service Kevin Hegarty said Assoc Prof. Weaver had always produced excellent results.
"Ted empowers a culture of collaboration and inclusiveness," he said.
"This, combined with the involvement of the medical and midwife team, sees women of the Sunshine Coast community receiving some of the best care outcomes amongst the Women's Health Care Australasia benchmarking cohort (which benchmarks approximately 60% of all public births in Australia.)"
Assoc Prof Weaver said he hoped receiving this medal would allow him to highlight the importance of pregnancy, birth and women's health.
"I don't think mothers always get the respect they deserve," he said.
"Some people say 'Just put the baby in day care and get back to work'."
He said his profession had a responsibility.
"We must ensure mothers are supported in their role, which is mothering," he said.