ALLG Life Member Dr Ruth Spearing awarded with King’s Honour NZ

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Congratulations to ALLG Life Member Dr Ruth Spearing who has been honoured in the 2023 King’s Birthday New Zealand and Coronation Honours! Ruth has been made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to haematology. Ruth is in great company, as the 2023 honours list also includes a large number of New Zealanders who have also made sustained contributions to the country. Ruth said:

It’s a huge honour and surprise. I’d like to think that I’m actually accepting this on behalf of all the haematologists in the country.”

It’s been a big year so far for Ruth, first becoming an ALLG Life Member at our May Scientific Meeting and now the King’s Honour.

New Zealand ALLG Member, Dr Leanne Berkahn was thrilled to learn that her esteemed friend received the honour. Leanne said:

Ruth Spearing has had a powerful career in haematology practice for both New Zealand and Australian patients. She has tirelessly promoted access to the best clinical practice and drug access for leukaemia patients in New Zealand. Her passion for the optimal management of adolescents and young adults (AYA) patient with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, in particular, has fostered the national AYA programme and inspired others to strive for best possible outcome for leukaemia patients.”

You can read more about Ruth’s award in a media interview with RNZ news here.


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