Monash Medical School student wins Young Australian of the Year award

25 January 2016

Monash Medical School congratulates Robert Gillies of Monash University’s Central Clinical School for being awarded Young Australian of the Year 2016.

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Robert Gillies of Monash University’s Central Clinical School (Photo credit: Monash University)

Undertaking three university degrees simultaneously, leading an orchestra and playing for a number of sporting clubs would leave most people exhausted, but not Robert Gillies. He’s also found the time to devote himself to social enterprises that make a difference to some of the most vulnerable citizens.
When he’s not studying for his Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery, his Master of Public Health or Diploma in Philosophy, Robert can be found helping those experiencing homelessness. A co-founder of Conscious Creative Incorporated, Robert is determined to change negative attitudes towards homelessness through his charity clothing store ‘HoMie’.
As Executive-Director of Yarra Swim Co, Robert is reviving the historic ‘Race to Princes Bridge’ and leading the push for a swimmable Yarra River. He’s worked as an HIV researcher and served as a director for charities preventing poverty overseas and in remote Indigenous communities. Enthusiastic and determined, Robert is a role model for young Australians wanting to make the world a better place.

Monash University Medical School Program

The Monash University Medical School’s graduate-entry degree emphasizes clinical communication skills and early clinical contact visits to medical practices, community care facilities and hospitals. With a focus on rural health, all student teaching and clinical placements take place throughout Gippsland. Students will predominantly spend the first year in the purpose-built Gippsland facility and undertake clinical rotations at hospitals, community health centres and general practices over the four years of the course.
Program: Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Location: Gippsland Campus, Churchill, Victoria (approx. 2 hours southeast of Melbourne)
Semester intake: February 2017
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Round 1 – February 5, 2016; Round 2 – September 27, 2016

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