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We are delighted to announce that the Deputy Chair of the St. Leo’s College Council, Dr Mary Mahoney AO, MBBS Qld, G Dip Clin Ed NSW, Hon MD Qld, FRACGP, MAICD, FAIM, FAMA, is being honoured by UQ as the 2016 Alumni Friends UQ Alumnus of the Year. Dr Mahoney will receive her award at the Courting the Greats ceremony in October.

Dr Mahoney who graduated from UQ with a Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery in 1963 is a distinguished medical practitioner and educator particularly in the field of General Practice.

Dr Mahoney’s professional contribution to General Practice has been characterised by her role as State Director of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Training Program, an appointment she held for 25 years. Her work as a General Practitioner and teacher has influenced hundreds of students and medical graduates in General Practice. Her work has also included a research appointment in the UQ Department of Child Health, and involvement in research projects for the RACGP. She chaired the National RACGP Research and Evaluation Ethics Committee for four years.

Throughout her career Dr Mahoney has been widely recognised for her contributions to medicine, notably in 2006 when she was made Officer of the Order of Australia; in 1985 when she was made a Fellow of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) and in 1994 when as part of a team she received a Research Award for Medical Education from the Australasian and New Zealand Association for Medical Education. In 2001 she received the RACGP Rose Hunt Award, the highest national award conferred by the RACGP.

One of Dr Mahoney’s particular interests is early childhood education and care and she was President of the Creche and Kindergarten Association of Queensland from 2000 to 2013.

Dr Mahoney has given a lifetime of service to The University of Queensland, with  service on the UQ Senate for 24 years including election to two terms of the Deputy Chancellorship, being the first woman to hold this office. In recognition of this service, UQ conferred on her an Honorary Doctorate of Medicine in 2005 followed by an Emeritus Professorship in 2014. Additionally she has chaired the UQ Buildings and Grounds Committee and the Senate Standing Committee on Equity, Diversity, and the Status of Women and served as President of the Alumni Association of The University of Queensland from 2001 to 2003.

At St. Leo’s College Dr Mahoney is both Deputy Chair of our Council and a member of the Finance Committee, and she has served diligently in both these roles.

Many congratulations to Dr Mahoney on a very well deserved award.