Congratulations to Dr Desiree Yap for being awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2020 Australia Day Honours, for significant service to women’s health and medicine.
Desiree first worked at Monash Health as a registrar from 1992 – 1994 before venturing interstate and to the UK for further training. She returned in 1998 as a consultant obstetrician gynaecologist and is currently a general gynaecologist who works in our menopause unit.
Over her impressive clinical career, Desiree assisted in establishing Australia’s first early menopause clinic here at Monash Health and has made valuable contributions to the wider menopause unit, which now also cares for women with menopause after cancer and has a stream for the long term care of women with Turner’s Syndrome.
Outside of her clinical practice, Desiree is a passionate advocate for women’s and children’s health as well as the professional development of women in medicine at state, national and international levels. She has been the president of the Victorian Medical Women’s Society and Australian Federation of Women, spent eight years on the board of Women’s Health Victoria (including two years as chair of the board) and is currently the vice president of the Western Pacific Region of the Medical Women’s International Society.
Desiree felt “extremely humbled” by receiving this award, and said, “I am thankful that supporting and advocating for women and their children in their health journey, as well as supporting and mentoring women in their medical careers, has been recognised as valuable.”
Desiree considers her important work as a continuation of what was started by the founders of Queen Victoria Hospital (a forebear of Monash Health) who were also the founders of the Victorian Medical Women’s Society in 1896. She plans to continue with this work and hopes that this recognition elevates women’s health issues to be more widely heard in the community.
“I’d like to acknowledge and thank the many amazing women who came before me, who worked tirelessly in these areas with and without recognition when it was more difficult, and who thereby made it possible for me to receive this award. I receive it on their behalf as well,” she said.
“I would also like to thank my family, friends, colleagues and those who nominated me. Without you, I couldn’t have done as much as I have.”
Please join us in congratulating Desiree on this exciting achievement.