Sydney Dean of Medicine a finalist in Australian of the Year Awards

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Spring 6-11-2012

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia

Publication Place



The University of Notre Dame Australia is delighted to congratulate Professor Christine Bennett, Dean, School of Medicine, Sydney on being named an Australian of the Year Finalist for New South Wales. Professor Bennett will be attending the prestigious awards ceremony on 26 November where the NSW Australian of the Year will be announced ahead of the national Australian of the Year awards on 25 January 2013.

Professor Celia Hammond, Vice Chancellor of The University of Notre Dame Australia was delighted and praised Professor Bennett's many notable achievements.

"It is a great honour for Professor Bennett to receive this well deserved recognition. The University is extremely proud to have one of our academic leaders acknowledged for the outstanding contribution they make to their profession. Professor Bennett's commitment to so many national priorities in health is not just a matter of talk but of taking action to make a difference. We offer Christine many congratulations and best wishes as a NSW Finalist," she said.

Professor Bennett said she is honoured to have been selected as a Finalist.

"I feel humbled and very proud to have been recognised in this way for my work in health. I believe that being selected as a finalist in NSW reflects the importance of good health and healthcare to the Australian community. It has been a privilege to have had the opportunity to make a positive difference.

"My passion for health reform at a national level never wanes but the real reward comes from working on the frontline - shaping the next generation of doctors as a Dean of Medicine, building a healthier community through investing in prevention, giving voice and priority to those in greatest need, and championing the importance of health and medical research.

"While it's a great honour to be named as a Finalist in NSW, this recognition is also a tribute to the many committed professionals and colleagues in our health system working every day to create better healthcare for all Australians," Professor Bennett said.

For further information please contact: Communications Officer, Elizabeth Fenech The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney Campus

T: 02 8204 4407

E: elizabeth.fenech@nd.edu.au

W: www.nd.edu.au/