Letter to the Editor

I would like to congratulate the Editor, Dr John S Dowden, on the award of the Bruce Shepherd Medal by the Australian Doctors Federation. He is one of 19 recipients who received the 2019 medal, which is awarded to those who have made an outstanding contribution to independent medicine. The Australian Doctors Federation is dedicated to protecting independent professional practice and recognises that independence is also crucial when providing information about medicines. For many years Dr Dowden has maintained the independence of Australian Prescriber from external influences and this has enabled the journal to evolve into a trusted source of information for Australian health professionals.

Dr Aniello Iannuzzi
Chairman, Australian Doctors Federation, Sydney


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Aniello Iannuzzi

Chairman, Australian Doctors Federation, Sydney