Doctor honoris causa in medicine and health for Dr Barry Catchlove AM


University of Sydney Chancellor Belinda Hutchinson, Dr Barry Catchlove and Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Mark Scott

Dr Barry Catchlove was only 16 when he started studying at the University of Sydney Medical School. It was the start of an illustrious career and lifelong relationship with the University.

Today, Dr. Catchlove was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Medicine and Health in recognition of his outstanding contribution as a healthcare professional and administrator, and to the University.

After graduating from Sydney Medical School in 1966, he pursued a career in medicine, healthcare management and education. Early in his career, he held senior positions at the Royal North Shore Hospital and later as CEO of the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne. At the Royal Children’s Hospital, he implemented changes targeting adolescent health, community paediatrics and was instrumental in restoring the hospital’s reputation as one of the best pediatric institutions in the world.

After more than a decade working in the public health sector, he was appointed Managing Director of Health Care of Australia, leading the company’s growth across Australia and South East Asia to become the largest high-tech private hospital pathology and radiology operator in the country.

It combines its medical and administrative skills to create a new form of partnership that sees the private management of public hospitals and the development of co-located private hospitals associated with large educational institutions. He was also President of the Australian Hospitals Association and Chairman of the Australian Council of Healthcare Standards.

As an advisor to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, Dr Catchlove was responsible for a number of initiatives that improved the health of people around the world and supported Australia’s relationship efforts. exterior.

In 2016, in recognition of his significant services to medical administration, international business cooperation and education, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia.

He is also a dedicated supporter of the University, generously giving his time as a volunteer to the Medical Alumni Association and the Alumni Council. He focused on reconnecting alumni through events and meetings to create a sense of community.

Over the past 20 years, Dr Catchlove has been a valued ambassador for the University as President of the Medical Graduates Association, through his involvement with the Sydney University Medical Foundation and as Chairman of the Alumni Council of the University. ‘University. He also played a major role as the local representative of the University of Sydney Alumni Association in North America.

In 2008, his contributions to the University were recognized when he was made an honorary member of the University. He was a member of the Senate for six years, chaired the Security and Risk Management Committee and, as Pro-Chancellor, presided over numerous graduation ceremonies.

Since 2016, he has donated to the University’s Charles Perkins Center, supporting early career researchers studying diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity through the Nicholas Catchlove Early Career Researcher Development Fund, named in the honor of his deceased son. He also created the biennial Nicholas Catchlove Lecture, a public event that aims to educate and inform the wider community about global health issues, developments and discoveries.

A global expert in health systems in both the public and private sectors, Dr. Catchlove has spent decades working to improve the delivery of health care internationally.


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