HONORARY DOCTORATES AND BROWNLESS MEDAL AWARDED TO LEADERS IN MEDICINE

In 2016, the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences conferred the following honorary degrees and awards to distinguished academics for their exceptional contributions to their field and society.

(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

  • BROWNLESS MEDAL

    The Brownless Medal recognises eminent individuals who contribute to the international growth and positioning of the Melbourne Medical School.

    Associate Professor Wilma Beswick AM (MBBS 1972, MD Hon DMedSci 2016)

    in recognition of her distinguished contributions to the education of medical students and junior doctors which have transformed the quality of clinical teaching at the Melbourne Medical School, her eminent contributions to the reputation of the Melbourne Medical School for teaching excellence, and her inspiration to generations of junior doctors in the delivery of patient-centred care wherever they practise throughout the world.

  • THE HYSLOP MEDAL

    The Hyslop Medal recognises alumni or staff whose outstanding contributions have been integral to the success of social work at the University of Melbourne.

    Ms Jean Downing (GDipSocStud 1946, BA 1948, Hon DMedSci 2016)

    in recognition of her significant and enduring contribution to the discipline of social work over many decades. Ms Downing has been an important supporter of social work at the University of Melbourne, and across the discipline more broadly.  Her generosity and vision has supported practice developments  and her deep commitment to professional social work has  been an inspiration to generations of social work students  and practitioners.

  • DOCTOR OF MEDICAL SCIENCE (HONORIS CAUSA)

    The Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) is awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions to their field and to society.

    Professor Margot Prior AO (BMus 1958, Hon DSci 2016)

    in recognition of her highly distinguished contributions to the scientific investigation of child psychology and the application of developmental research to clinical practice and social policy, in particular the clarity she has brought to the age-old debate between nature and nurture.

  • DOCTOR OF MEDICAL SCIENCE (HONORIS CAUSA)

    The Doctor of Medical Science (Honoris Causa) is awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of medicine and to society.

    Professor Leonard (Len) Charles Harrison (MD 1976, DSc 1988, Hon DMedSci 2016)

    in recognition of his contribution over 30 years, to prevent and cure Type 1 Diabetes and world-leading contributions to understanding its causes and to the development of a vaccine.

    Professor Helen E Herrman (MD 1982, Hon DMedSci 2016)

    in recognition of an outstanding career researching, providing education and clinical care and advising on the delivery of mental health services so that governments and societies might meet their moral obligations and economic targets.

    Professor Donald James Bourne St John AM (MBBS 1959, MD 2001, Hon DMedSci 2016)

    in recognition of his internationally significant contributions to the research evidence that underpins the case for early detection and screening of bowel cancer and the development of Australia’s landmark policy response to this public health threat—the National Bowel Cancer Screening program.

    Professor Christine Kilpatrick (MBBS 1976, MD 1986, MBA 2007, Hon DMedSci 2016)

    in recognition of her distinguished career as a leader who has built cultures of collaboration and excellence spanning clinical and academic medicine and hospital administration.

    Professor Richard George Pestell (PhD 1991, MD 1997, Hon DMedSci 2016)

    in recognition of his exceptional and distinguished contributions to cancer care through his institutional and professional leadership, through important scientific discoveries and his entrepreneurial translation of these into novel cancer therapies and diagnostics.