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Prof Georgina Long AO & Prof Richard Scolyer AO
Melanoma treatment pioneers



Professor Georgina Long AO and Professor Richard Scolyer AO's enduring partnership has saved thousands of lives from melanoma, known as Australia's national cancer.

Less than a decade ago, advanced melanoma was fatal - but thanks to Georgina and Richard's immunotherapy approach, which activates a patient's own immune system, it has become a curable disease.

The co-medical directors of Melanoma Institute Australia are sought-after media commentators and advocates for sun-safe behaviour and melanoma prevention.

In June 2023, when Richard was diagnosed with incurable grade 4 brain cancer, he and Georgina developed a series of world-first treatments based on their melanoma breakthroughs.

Richard became the world's first brain cancer patient to have pre-surgery combination immunotherapy. By undertaking an experimental treatment with risk of shortening his life, he has advanced the understanding of brain cancer and is benefiting future patients.

Richard has generated widespread public interest by publicly documenting his own cancer treatment and progress.

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Kate Jenkins AO

Kate Jenkins AO is a leader, lawyer, adviser and advocate who has led cultural reform and advanced diversity, inclusion and performance in Australian workplaces, sport, parliament, education and the security sector. Kate is a Football Australia Legacy Ambassador for the FIFA2023 Women's World Cup.

Kate has recently completed her 7 year term as the Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner. The Federal Government is implementing in full all recommendations of Kate's flagship reports: Respect@Work: National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces; and Set the Standard: Independent Review of Commonwealth Parliamentary Workplaces (2021).

Prior to joining the Commission, Kate spent three years as the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner, 20 years as employment lawyer and lead equal opportunity partner with Herbert Smith Freehills and many years serving on the boards of Berry Street Victoria, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Play by the Rules and Carlton Football Club.

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Mark McGowan

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The Hon Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan served as the 30th Premier of Western Australia from March 2017 until June 2023. He also served as Treasurer and Minister for State Development.

He won two elections in 2017 and 2021. The 2021 victory was the biggest election victory in Australian history securing 70% of the two party vote.

As Premier he regained the state's triple A credit rating and ensured Western Australia was the only government in Australia paying down debt. WA regained its position as Australia's most successful state and economy.

He also passed unprecedented economic, social and environmental reforms leading the most progressive government in WAs history and led WA through covid securing the best health and economic outcomes of any jurisdiction in the world.

Prior to entering Parliament he served as a lieutenant in the Royal Australian Navy.

Mark was awarded the Governor's Commendation for Bravery in 1997 for saving an unconscious driver from a burning car.

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Taryn Brumfitt
Winner of 2023 Australian of the Year for South Australia, Taryn Brumfitt is a global thought leader and motivational speaker. She has reached over 200 million people worldwide with her inspiring message to EMBRACE your body!

Congratulations to Taryn Brumfitt who has been named the 2023 Australian of the Year..
Having spent the past 10 years campaigning to protect women from the damage of body shame in the age of Instagram, she is now warning young men are suffering from the same issues and getting hooked on steroids. Taryn has laid out her mission as 2023's Australian of the Year; making sure the nation's boys and young men have a better relationship with their bodies.

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