Distinguished award for Notre Dame Medicine academic


University of Notre Dame Australia News Story
Dr Geoffrey Brooke-Cowden.

An academic at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s School of Medicine in Sydney has been awarded a Knight Commander of Pope St Sylvester for services to Medicine and the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta.

Dr Geoffrey Brooke-Cowden, Associate Professor of Surgery, in the Sydney School of Medicine, said he was humbled to receive the honour on the back of the “unsung heroes”, such as his family, his personal secretary of 35 years, and community members and workers who had contributed greatly to his outcomes.

A former Mayor of the Baulkham Hills Shire in Sydney’s north-west, Dr Brooke-Cowden was also President of the P&C at Jasper Road Primary School; a former netball coach with the Winston Hills Sporting Club; and involved in the establishment of the earlier Hills Parramatta Life Education programme.

He is currently the Executive Medical Director of Auburn Hospital, having been the Chair of the Medical Staff Council for 25 years. During this period, Dr Brooke-Cowden successfully fought the closure of the hospital which is now a teaching hospital for Notre Dame’s School of Medicine as part of the University’s Auburn Clinical Sub-School.

Dr Brooke-Cowden has also devoted much of his time to his medical profession, much of which he has shared with Notre Dame’s Medicine students. At Auburn, he has developed a system which is now the model for High Volume Short-Stay Surgery in NSW.

Reflecting Notre Dame’s core philosophies of community outreach and delivering pastoral care to people in need, Dr Brooke-Cowden hopes to establish a closer link between the University’s Medicine students and Indigenous communities.

“My current focus is in implementing a system of nurse-led primary health care to remote and very remote Indigenous communities using Telemedicine,” Dr Brooke-Cowden said.

“The initial screening programmes to set up baseline community health measurements will involve third and fourth year Medicine students, and will broaden their environment with rural Medicine and the Indigenous culture.

“I am delighted to have received this award which will hopefully result in increased support for my projects and access to decision makers so these projects can be realised.”

Dean of the School of Medicine on the Sydney Campus, Professor Christine Bennett, congratulated and celebrated Dr Brooke-Cowden's amazing achievements and well-deserved recognition.

She highlighted that it is part of the School's vision for graduates that they have a genuine sense of vocation; understand that being a doctor is a privilege; and seek to address inequities in health in the community.

"Dr Geoffrey Brooke-Cowden is an impressive role model to our students and to us all, with his passion for making a real difference to those in our society in greatest need," Professor Bennett said.

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