Patrons & Ambassadors

Our Patrons and Ambassadors provide outstanding support and recognition of our work and mission in the Australian and international communities


The Hon Linda Dessau AC

Governor of Victoria


Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO

Patron-in-Chief Sir Zelman Cowen Fellowship Fund; Former Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia

The Hon Steve Bracks AC

Former Premier of Victoria

Sir Kostas Constantinou OBE

Managing Director Lamana Development Limited (PNG)

Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty AC

Awarded 1996 Nobel Prize for Medicine and Burnet Institute Board member from 2002-2011

Professor Allan Fels AO

Former Chairman of the ACCC and Foundation Dean of the Australian & New Zealand School of Government

Professor David Ho

Director, The Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Centre, New York

Dame Carol Kidu DBE

Patron-in-Chief Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Program; Former PNG Member of Parliament and Minister for Community Development

The Hon Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG

Former Justice of the High Court and a Member of the UNAIDS Global Panel on Human Rights

Sir Peter Morris AC

Former President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England

Mrs Maria Myers AC

Director Dunkeld Pastoral Co; Chair Kimberley Foundation Australia; Director Australian String Quartet

Lady Primrose Potter AC

Director, Ian Potter Museum of Art; Life Governor, Ian Potter Foundation; Founding Patron, Victorian Opera Company; Patron, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

Mr John So AO

Lord Mayor of Melbourne from 2001-2008


Mr Heretier Lumumba

Burnet Youth Ambassador since 2008; Former AFL Player

“The Burnet Institute does amazing work throughout the world impacting positively on a multitude of lives. My partnership with Burnet has broadened my understanding in relation to the extent of the people that are vulnerable to the harsh realities of poverty and disease.”

Ms Deanna Blegg

Burnet Ambassador since 2008; Elite HIV-positive athlete, mother of two

“The main aim should be prevention - it solves so much more than a cure. The Institute gave me the opportunity to travel to Papua New Guinea to see the Tingam Liap program in action. It humbled me to be introduced to the wonderful communities and see the level of dedication of the locals committed to the HIV Prevention Programs.”

Princess Kasune Zulu

Burnet Ambassador since 2011; HIV-positive Activist, Author

“The best of humanity of what I see at Burnet. I have seen HIV bring out the best of humankind with scientists devoting their lives to finding better ways to prevent and treat the disease.”

Ms Belinda Collins

Burnet Ambassador since 2011; HIV activist and Author

“Burnet’s expertise from a cellular level to a global level is unique, as is its passion and heart.”

(Photo: Belinda Collins attended the International Women’s Day lunch at Burnet. With Professor Suzanne Crowe AM.)

Contact Details

Paul Rathbone

Chief of Staff