Melbourne Medical School staff recognised for 25 years of service to the University of Melbourne

The Melbourne Medical School congratulates Professor David O’Neal and Ms Judith Gooley on receiving the 25-Year Service Medal in recognition of their valued contributions to the University.

Professor David O’Neal is an adult endocrinologist with over thirty years of clinical experience as a specialist. For the last twenty years the focus of David’s clinical practice and his research has related to technology as a means for optimising metabolic control in people living with type 1 diabetes so that health care professionals have something more to offer in alleviating this burden. To facilitate this, David established one of the first diabetes technology clinics in Australia and his research team has evolved into the Diabetes Technology Research Group (DTRG) based at the University of Melbourne ( The DTRG have engaged with academic and clinical institutions as well as industry both within Australia and overseas and were an important part of the University of Melbourne’s recent successful bid as the national centre of diabetes excellence ( for which David is a lead for the Hypoglycemia / Ketoacidosis research priority. David’s commitment to improving the lives of people living with diabetes has also involved services to the professional community. He has mentored physician-researchers and supervised PhD students for over 20 years. David has served as part of national and international advisory groups formulating guidelines, for example, The Australian Diabetes Society’s guidelines for the inpatient management of insulin pumps and glucose sensors.

Ms Judith Gooley has for 25 years been a valued Senior Research Assistant in the Endocrinology Laboratory, primarily being the key scientist essential to the Research Projects undertaken by Associate Professor Glenn Ward, most recently focusing on metabolic monitoring of Islet Transplant Recipients, and collaborations with Professor David O'Neal. This has involved key roles within the Endocrinology Laboratory including- Teaching lab procedures including centrifuge, gamma counter, YSI glucose analyser, radio-immunoassays, and ELISAs to staff and students as required;  Performing those lab assays as required; Assisting with analysis including computer modelling, interpretation and reporting of research data regarding grant and publication preparation;  Organising equipment and supplies for research patient studies; Assisting in planning and undertaking OGTT and IVGTT studies in T1DM subjects; Assessing alternative glucagon RIA and ELISA  assays; Maintaining Quality Assurance for Insulin Antibody assay and an international QA program for insulin assay; Maintaining documentation and lab equipment; Advising on selection and purchasing of new lab equipment; Liaising with collaborators regarding methodology; and being a Member of St Vincent's Laboratory Safety Committee.

Congratulations to David and to Judy for 25 years of valued service to the University of Melbourne.