Congratulations Professor Glenn Bowes

Professor Glenn Bowes, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, has been appointed an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia in the 2016 Queen's Birthday Honours List. This award is made in recognition of his distinguished service to medical education and its administration, to the advancement of child health and welfare, and through contributions to government and professional organisations.

Professor Bowes’ work across the area of Adolescent Health has been foundational to the development of the speciality. He established the Centre for Adolescent Health at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) – the first fully integrated clinical, academic & teaching program of national significance in the then emergent area of adolescent health. His leadership of a number of strategic initiatives over sixteen years at the Royal Children’s Hospital enabled the development of collaborations that have advanced the cause of children’s health both in Australia and internationally.

He has been a powerful advocate for the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents – as inaugural Chair of the Victorian Child Death Review Committee, as a member of the Australian Council of Children and Parenting and on the Victorian Premier’s Drug Prevention Council. The first ever children’s palliative care and respite service was achieved under his leadership as Chair of Very Special Kids, he chaired the Board of the Youth Substance Abuse Service for its first ten years and led the creation of the RCH Education Institute, introducing a systemic change across the health and education sectors that continues to play a crucial role in the lives of Melbourne’s young people living with a health condition. His involvement over many years with the Lord Somers Camp and Powerhouse, including five years as President and Camp Chief, has had a major influence on the capacity of this not-for-profit organisation to build resilience and life skills in young people.

Professor Bowes continues to make important contributions to medical education and administration as Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.