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Western Australian Senior Australian of the Year 2004

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Ms Julie Bishop MP Minister for Ageing

24 November 2003 JB014/03

Western Australian Senior Australian of the Year 2004

Professor Colin Binns was on Saturday named the 2004 Senior Australian of the Year for Western Australia.

The Minister for Ageing, Julie Bishop, said Professor Binns was nominated for championing public health nutrition for the Australian population over the last two decades.

"The Senior Australian of the Year title is fitting recognition of the enormous contribution older Australians make to their community and our nation," Ms Bishop said.

"Professor Binns’ selection is particularly significant, given the record number of nominations received from around Australia this year.

"I congratulate Professor Binns’ for his commitment to public health in Australia."

Professor Binns developed the Australian National Dietary Guidelines, and in the 1960s and 70s his work in Papua New Guinea on children's diet and health halved that nation’s infant mortality rate. Professor Binns’ work has been published in national and international scientific journals.

Professor Binns said he felt very honoured at receiving the award, and pleased that the importance of promoting good nutrition had been recognised.

"There are a lot of confusing messages about food and drink," he said. "It's a wonderful honour and I will continue to communicate the benefits of good nutrition."

All state and territory finalists go through to the judging for the 2004 Senior Australian of the Year award, which will be announced on 25 January as part of Australia Day celebrations.

The 2003 Senior Australian of the Year, Bruce Campbell, said that being identified as a Senior Australian of the Year winner at state or territory level represented an extraordinary honour and an opportunity to provide a significant service to the community.

The Australian Government is proud to sponsor the Senior Australian of the Year Awards. More

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