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Dr Sally Cockburn

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Dr Sally Cockburn

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Dr Sally Cockburn is a GP and health advocate – with a twist. While she practices part-time in suburban Melbourne, she is also known around Australia as ‘Dr Feelgood’, a high-profile media presenter who champions sensitive issues and demystifies medicine.

Along with more than 30 years’ clinical experience, her 22-year media career spans every television network and Australia’s top radio networks. Dr Cockburn spent 10 years as health presenter on Good Morning Australia with Bert Newton, and her national radio sex and relationships program Pillowtalk was a trailblazing phenomenon in the 1990s. She also hosted her own talk back TV show on Channel 7. Currently, Dr Cockburn can be heard hosting her Sunday Night talk back radio program, Talking Health, on Melbourne’s radio 3AW. Dr Cockburn is the recipient of the radio industry’s award for best documentary and an MBF award for excellence in health journalist.

Behind the scenes, Dr Cockburn is passionate about patient and community issues, and she is active in health policy and education at many levels. She is a Lifetime Australia Day Ambassador for Victoria and in 2010, Dr Cockburn was inducted into the Victorian Women’s honour roll for harnessing the media to improve health communications. That same year she was also awarded the Monash Distinguished Alumni service award.

Dr Cockburn has served as Chair of Family Planning Victoria, on the boards of Metropolitan Ambulance Service and VicHealth, and also the Victorian Government’s Mental Health Reform Council and Sexual Health Task Force. She has also been a member of the Melbourne Zoo’s Scientific Advisory Committee.

Dr Cockburn is patron or ambassador for many community organisations including Royal District Nursing Service and Melbourne Osteoporosis Support Group. She is an Ambassador for Lort Smith Animal Hospital and a proud rescue dog owner.

How to be successful and still have a life

Friday 10 August

8:15 am – 9:15 am

Ground Floor, Plenary Hall 1


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