Science Group winner 2018
Darren Smith has been a respiratory scientist for more than 20 years and is a senior respiratory scientist at Sunshine Coast University Hospital. Mr Smith is passionate about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and specialises in the treatment of respiratory ailments. He is a member of the Indigenous Respiratory Outreach Care team and through the program has provided expert advice at outreach clinics, including Thursday Island in the Torres Strait. Mr Smith has also provided spirometry training to Aboriginal and Torres Strait health workers, including healthcare workers in East Arnhem Land.
His commitment to training the next generation of respiratory scientists is evident, having been responsible for the clinical supervision of 43 students on university placement and mentoring many of these students throughout their careers.