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Dr John Yu AC: Former Australian of the Year

2014 Mosman Address – Friday 9 May

Posted Thursday 10 April 2014

Dr John Yu AC : Former Australian of the Year

The 2014 Mosman Address is to be presented by former Australian of the Year Dr John Yu AC based on the theme “Valuing what we share (and understanding our differences)”.

“Australia is our community, a community based on shared values”, says Dr Yu, “But we need to accept that changes are occurring and we need to understand those differences and hopefully accept the good things about being different. Differences in art and culture are a good starting point in that journey.”

Dr John Yu is a paediatrician who has had a lifelong interest in the arts. His career in medicine spanned over forty years. Prior to his retirement in 1998, he was the Chief Executive of the Children’s Hospital at Camperdown, and later at Westmead, for over 20 years.

He was the Deputy President of the Board of Trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW, the Chair of VisAsia at the AGNSW and served on the Boards of the Powerhouse Museum, Penrith Regional Gallery and the national board of Musica Viva. He has served on the Boards of St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, the Starlight Children’s Foundation and the Malcolm Sargent Cancer Fund.
Dr Yu was appointed a member of the Order of Australia in 1989 and made a Companion of the Order in 2001. He was awarded the Centenary Medal and in 1996 was named Australian of the Year.

Prominent Mosman residents who have presented the Mosman Address in the past include the NSW Governor Marie Bashir, Neil Balnaves, Ian Macfarlane and Ken Done.

The Mosman Address is a fundraising dinner presented by the Mosman Public Art Trust in association with Mosman Council to raise funds for public art projects in Mosman. Tickets for the 2014 Mosman Address are $150 with 50% being tax deductible. Bookings essential by Thursday 1 May 2014 at or by phoning Joanna Gibson on 9978 4050.