Honorary Doctorates and Brownless Medal awarded to leaders in Medicine

On November 14, four honorary degrees and a Brownless Medal were awarded to distinguished academics for their exceptional contributions to the field of Medicine.

On November 14, 2016, the Faculty held a conferring of degrees ceremony where four honorary degrees and a Brownless Medal were awarded to distinguished academics for their exceptional contributions to the field of Medicine.

The ceremony, held at the Melbourne Brain Centre, also featured Professor Cindy Shannon delivering the Priscilla Kincaid-Smith Oration on Health.

(L to R) Head of the Melbourne Medical School Professor Geoff McColl, Professor Richard Pestell, MDHS Faculty Dean Professor Shitij Kapur, Associate Professor Wilma Beswick, Professor Christine Kilpatrick, Professor Donald James Bourne St John, and Professor Len Harrison

The Doctor of Medicine (Honoris Causa) was presented to former Director of Gastroenterology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) and Honorary Senior Associate at Cancer Council Victoria, Professor Donald James Bourne St John AM; leading researcher at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and RMH, Professor Len Charles Harrison; CEO at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Professor Christine Kilpatrick; and internationally renowned cancer researcher, Professor Richard George Pestell.

These four honorary degrees were awarded in recognition of the substantial contributions made by each individual to advancements within the field of Medicine and to society as a whole.

Associate Professor Wilma Beswick accepting the Brownless Medal from Chancellor Elizabeth Alexander AM

The Brownless Medal—established in 2012 as part of the Melbourne Medical School’s 150th anniversary celebrations—was awarded to Associate Professor Wilma Beswick AM for her contribution to the education and training of doctors, which has transformed the Melbourne Medical School’s teaching and learning program and greatly enhanced the School’s reputation for excellence in clinical teaching.

Professor Cindy Shannon delivering the Oration

In the Priscilla Kincaid-Smith Oration, Professor Shannon, who is Pro-Vice Chancellor (Indigenous Education) at the University of Queensland and Director of the Queensland Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, addressed Indigenous disadvantage in Australia as well as progress that has been made in this area over the years.

The full transcript of Professor Shannon’s speech will be available soon.

Click below to view photos from the ceremony.