Notre Dame awards Honorary Doctorate to leading WA medic

13/01/2012

Notre Dame News Story
Professor Con Michael (right) is conferred the Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Notre Dame’s Deputy Chancellor Peter Prendiville.

President of the Medical Board of Western Australia, Professor Constantine Michael AO, has been recognised for his singular achievements in the medical profession and outstanding contribution to the development of The University of Notre Dame Australia’s School of Medicine on its Fremantle Campus with the awarding of an Honorary Doctorate of Laws.

Highly distinguished in the field of medicine in Australia, Professor Michael was conferred the degree by Notre Dame’s Deputy Chancellor Peter Prendiville at the University’s December Graduation Ceremony.

In his role as the Chair of the Advisory Committee for the School of Medicine, Professor Michael has played a key role in engaging high profile medical academics to teach in the School and also contributed to establishing critical partnerships which offer clinical experience for students enrolled in the Medicine program.

Professor Michael graduated from the University of Western Australia (UWA) with Bachelor degrees in Medicine and Surgery in 1960 and received his Doctorate in Medicine from the same tertiary institution in 1972.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London.

Professor Michael is a practising obstetrician and gynaecologist and has held key positions at major medical centres throughout his career including King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women, University College Hospital London and St John of God Health Care.

His dedication and service to medicine and medical education has been recognised on numerous occasions.

In 1994 he became a Member of the Order of Australia, and in 2001 was named an Order of Australia Officer in the General Division. Professor Michael was also awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal in 2003 and became a Knight of the Order of St John of God Jerusalem in 2008.

“During the early days of policy development, and during the later days of finding ways around the many political, professional, financial and other obstacles that arose, Professor Michael was always available and willing to offer good and wise counsel to senior staff at The University of Notre Dame Australia,” Vice Chancellor Professor Celia Hammond said.

“In all that he has done in his professional life, Professor Michael has been honourable, brave, caring and true.  He has used his considerable gifts and talents for the advancement of his profession and in so doing, has made an enormous contribution to the betterment of society.

“Our University is privileged to have his involvement as teacher, advisor, Governor, and above all else, a loyal, honest and wise friend.”

Professor Michael said receiving the honorary degree from Notre Dame was one of the greatest achievements in his academic life.

“I feel deeply humbled and privileged to have received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Notre Dame in front of guests, academics and my fellow graduates at St Mary’s Cathedral,” Professor Michael said.

“Throughout my professional career, I have learnt that it is important to maintain your integrity in empathy, sympathy and compassion within your work environment and with your colleagues.

“Receiving a degree from Notre Dame ensures all its graduates can put into practice the core values the University upholds in their future places of work.”


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