2020: 2020 Public Service Medal for “Outstanding public Service to public health in South Australia”
Citation for Professor Edward Mah PSM during Investiture
For outstanding public service to public health in South Australia.
Professor Mah has worked tirelessly in the medical specialty of orthopaedics to improve
health outcomes for the community of South Australia during a career spanning more than
25 years. He currently serves as Head of Orthopaedics at North Adelaide Local Health
Network for the South Australian Department of Health.
He has demonstrated exemplary leadership and devotion to orthopaedic education,
training and patient services. He served as Director of Orthopaedics and Trauma Service
at the Lyell McEwin Hospital from 1997-2010 and as Director of the Hand and Upper Limb
Service at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital from 1997-2014.
He played a leading role in the establishment of orthopaedic service in what is now known
as the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network. After this period he took leave for four
years to fulfil his role as the international President of Asia Pacific Orthopaedic
He also founded the Clinical Hand and Upper Limb Fellowship program in Adelaide in
2001, which is accredited by the Australian Orthopaedic Association and Royal
Australasian College of Surgeons.
Under his leadership and collaborative approach, the orthopaedic service at North
Adelaide Local Health Network has continued to improve and outperform other health
networks, and now performs the largest number of joint replacements (arthroplasty) in
Professor Mah has demonstrated unwavering commitment to the delivery of health care
for South Australians.