Australia Day Honours for Burnet Patron-in-Chief, and board member

Burnet Institute

26 January, 2017

The Hon Linda Dessau AC with Burnet Director and CEO, Professor Brendan Crabb AC

Congratulations to our Patron-in-Chief and Victorian Governor, the Honourable Linda Dessau who has been appointed the highest honour, a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia, in this year’s Australia Day Honours list.

Ms Dessau’s AC honour was recognition For eminent service to the people of Victoria through leadership roles in the judiciary, to the advancement of economic ties and business relationships, and as a supporter of charitable, sporting and arts organisations.

Congratulations also to Burnet Institute Board member, Helen Evans, on being awarded an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO), For distinguished service to global health as an advocate for the improved treatment of infectious diseases in underprivileged populations, particularly for women and children.

Burnet Director and CEO, Professor Brendan Crabb AC said he was delighted to hear of both honours.

“We greatly appreciate the Governor’s keen interest in our medical research and public health work, and her commitment to support Burnet since becoming our Patron-in-Chief,” Professor Crabb said.

“Burnet is deeply committed to achieving better health outcomes for vulnerable communities and the Governor has greatly appreciated opportunities to hear about how we are achieving that in Australia and overseas.”

Image: Helen Evans

Helen Evans joined Burnet’s Board in 2015 and has been a key advocate of our vision of equity through better health and our mission of achieving better health for vulnerable communities through our research and public health initiatives in Australia and overseas.

Achieving gender equity was the theme of Helen Evans’ inspirational keynote address at Burnet’s special luncheon to celebrate 2016 International Women’s Day.

“Achieving gender equality in health isn’t only about medical treatment and technological solutions, although they’re absolutely critical and make a huge difference,” Associate Professor Evans told supporters.

“It’s also about addressing cultural and social issues at the same time, and this is why the strong voice of women at all levels of society and internationally is really essential.”

The Hon Linda Dessau AC service includes:

  • Vice Regal: Governor of Victoria, since 2015.
  • Legal: Judge, Family Court of Australia, 1995-2013.
  • Community: Board Director, Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, 2011-2015 and Chair, Victorian Regional Selection Committee, 2011-2015, and Member, 1997.
  • Director, Australian Football League SportsReady and ArtsReady, 2012-2015.
  • Commissioner, Australian Football League, 2008-2015.
  • Member, Management Committee, The Unicorn Foundation, 2011-2015.
  • Chair, Melbourne Festival, 2014-2015; Board Member, 2013. Trustee, National Gallery of Victoria and Member, Audit and Risk Committee, 2013-2015.

Helen Evans AO service includes:

  • Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), 2009-2014 and Interim Chief Executive Officer, 2011.
  • Deputy Executive Director, The Global Fight to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, 2005-2009.
  • First Assistant Secretary, Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Commonwealth Department of Health, 1997-2005.
  • Assistant Secretary, Budget Information and Evaluation Branch, Portfolio Strategies Group, Commonwealth Department of Health and Family Services,1996-1997.
  • Assistant Secretary, AIDS/Communicable Diseases Branch, Commonwealth Department of Human Services and Health,1993-1996.
  • Professional memberships include: Board Member, Burnet Institute, since 2015.
  • Board Member, Fred Hollows Foundation, since 2015.
  • Advisory Council Member, Pacific Friends of the Global Fund to fight AIDS,Tuberculosis and Malaria, since 2014.
  • Honorary Associate Professor, The Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne, since 2014

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