Our Patron

About our Patron

RBWH Foundation is honoured and gratified to have Her Excellency, the Honourable Dr Jeannette Young AC PSM, Governor of Queensland, as Patron.

Dr Jeannette Young understands the integral importance of advancing life-saving research and patient care having worked in healthcare and medicine since 1986. She has held extensive health leadership roles, becoming Director of Medical Services at the Rockhampton Hospital in 1994, Executive Director of Medical Services at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in 1999, Chief Health Officer for Queensland in 2005 and State Health Incident Controller in January 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic was declared. She has also served on various workforce committees, including as Chair of AMWAC (Australian Medical Workforce Advisory Committee).

During her medical career, Dr Young had specialist qualifications as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators and as a Fellow by Distinction of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom. She was also appointed Fellow of numerous other eminent education and research institutions, has received honorary doctorates from two Queensland Universities, an Australia Day Achievement Medallion, a Public Service Medal and was appointed a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia for her "eminent service to public health administration to medicine and medical research, to the tertiary education sector, and as the 27th Governor appointed in Queensland."