Our patrons

Emeritus Professor Sir Gustav Nossal AC CBE
Emeritus Professor Sir Gustav Nossal AC CBE
The Penington Institute’s Chief Patron, Sir Gustav Nossal, is one of Australia’s most prominent scientists and was Australian of the Year in 2000.

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Professor The Hon Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO
Professor The Hon Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO
Dame Marie is the former Governor of New South Wales (2001-2014) and former Chancellor of the University of Sydney (2007-2012). She was NSW’s first female Governor.

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Professor Suzanne Cory AC
Professor Suzanne Cory AC
Professor Cory is a distinguished Australian molecular biologist. She completed her BSc and MSc at the University of Melbourne and obtained her PhD from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) in Cambridge, England.

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Emeritus Professor David de Kretser AC
Emeritus Professor David de Kretser AC
Emeritus Professor de Kretser served as the 28th Governor of Victoria (2006-2011) and is a distinguished reproductive endocrinologist.

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Professor Peter Doherty AC FAA FRS
Professor Peter Doherty AC FAA FRS
Trained initially in veterinary science and pathology, Peter Doherty is known for his fundamental research in viral immunity. Jointly with Swiss scientist Rolf Zinkernagel, he was awarded the US Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research (1995) and the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1996).

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Professor Margaret Hamilton AO
Professor Margaret Hamilton AO
Professor Margaret Hamilton has more than 40 years’ experience in the drug and alcohol field. Her background is in social work and public health, and her broad range of research has included epidemiology and policy.

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Professor The Hon Barry Jones AC
Professor The Hon Barry Jones AC
Professor Barry Jones has been a politician, high school teacher, television and radio performer, university lecturer and lawyer. He took a leading role in campaigns to abolish the death penalty and revive the Australian film industry.

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The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG
The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG
Mr Kirby is one of Australia’s most eminent jurists and academics and is actively involved in human rights issues. A former Justice of the High Court, his other judicial roles have included inaugural Chairman of the Australian Law Reform Commission; judge of the Federal Court; and President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal.

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Emeritus Professor David Penington AC
Emeritus Professor David Penington AC
The Penington Institute is named in honour of one of its patrons, Emeritus Professor David Penington AC. One of Australia’s leading public intellectuals and health experts, he has courageously advocated for sensible drug policy in his roles as former chairman of the National AIDS Task Force, the Victorian Premier’s Drug Advisory Council, and the Victorian Government’s Drug Policy Expert Committee.

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Professor Fiona Stanley AC FAA FASSA
Professor Fiona Stanley AC FAA FASSA
Professor Fiona Stanley AC is a leading child and public health researcher. She is widely recognised for her promotion of maternal and child health and is considered to be Australia’s most respected paediatric epidemiologist.

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