Emeritus Professor Christine Bennett AO
Professor Christine Bennett has a longstanding association with Research Australia, serving as both a past Chair and CEO of the organisation. Research Australia Chair, Associate Professor Annette Schmiede, said “Christine’s appointment as Patron is an important
acknowledgement of her ongoing contribution to our organisation and the
health and medical research sector more broadly.”
Professor Bennett has maintained an active leadership position as a commentator and
strategist on health reform in Australia and internationally. In 2008, the Prime Minister
appointed her to be Chair of the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission
that provided advice to governments on a long-term blueprint for the future of the
Australian health system and aged care.
Annette Schmiede said “Christine’s continuing affiliation with Research Australia
over these last 20 years has enabled us to achieve NHMRC funding reform, progress
towards a National Health and Medical Research Strategy and so much more.
“Together, with Sir Gustav Nossal AC, Christine’s patronage of Research Australia will
formalise her ongoing role in supporting and guiding the advocacy positions Research
Australia takes on behalf of the sector.”
Research Australia is pleased and proud to have her take up this patronage.