Queen's Birthday Honours to BTAA Co-founder Denis Strangman AM

Congratulations Denis Strangman on the Award of an AM 

 Denis has been honoured for his services to the brain tumour community with the honour Member in the General Division - Australia Medal. Denis said "I think I am just the “symbolic recipient” on behalf of several thousands of others – all patients and carers and former carers deserve an award".


Congratulations Denis Strangman AM on this recognition for all you have done for our community - locally, and internationally. 


The Government House's biography released today follows: 

Mr Denis STRANGMAN, 10 Carrodus Street, Fraser ACT 2615


For significant service to community health through advocacy, public policy, and support organisations for people with brain tumours.

  • Wife Margaret died from a malignant primary brain tumour (glioblastoma multiforme), Canberra, in 2001. (Marg is pictured below).
  • Foundation Chair, International Brain Tumour Alliance (IBTA), 2005-2014.
  • Co-organiser, First World Summit of Brain Tumour Patient Advocates, California, 2013.
  • Co-editor, Brain Tumour magazine 2010-2014 and monthly IBTA E-News 2005-2014.
  • Advocacy visits to meet brain tumour patients and caregivers, and clinicians and research scientists, in more than twenty-five countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Lithuania, Sweden, Denmark, South Africa, Germany, Netherlands, India, Taipei, USA, Canada, UK, Norway and Italy.
  • Public Service Award 2014, US Society for Neuro-Oncology: “… for his many years of service to the field of neuro-oncology and his advocacy on behalf of brain tumor patients worldwide.”
  • Foundation Chair, Brain Tumour Australia 2003-2005. Foundation Secretary, Brain Tumour Alliance Australia (BTAA) 2008-2012. Currently a Committee member of BTAA.
  • Member of government and non-government advisory committees and working groups for Palliative Care Medications (2006-2010), Positron Emission Tomography (PET) for Glioma (2010), Australian Genomics and Clinical Outcomes of High Grade Glioma (2007-2012), and the development of Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Adult Gliomas, (2005–2009).
  • Consumer representative on committees involved with the development and oversight of cancer and palliative care plans for the ACT (2007-2014). Member, Executive Reference Group, Canberra Region Cancer Centre (2010-2014).
  • Co-author “The First Documented, Modern-Day Brain Tumour Surgery for a Glioma” (2009).


Denis was previously honoured in 2014 with the Society for Neuro-Oncology's Public Service Award.
  • This award recognizes a meritorious individual who has made significant contributions to the field of neuro-oncology. Denis received the award for his global impact on our entire field during his tenure as founding chair of the International Brain Tumour Alliance.
  • In 2014 David Reardon, SNO President, advised Denis of the SNO award, writing "Thanks to your efforts, the IBTA has had a tremendous impact on advancing brain tumor advocacy worldwide, and you leave a lasting legacy for which patients, caregivers and professionals shall always be grateful."