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Prof Marie Bashir AC CVO

Chancellor, University of Sydney
Marie Bashir Professor Marie Bashir was elected Chancellor of the University of Sydney on 1 June 2007. Born, of Lebanese descent, in Narrandera in the Riverina district of NSW, and educated at Narrandera Public School and Sydney Girls High School, she gained her bachelor degrees in medicine and surgery in 1956 from the University of Sydney. She taught at the universities of Sydney and New South Wales, increasingly working with children's services, psychiatry and mental health services, and Indigenous health programs. She was appointed Governor of New South Wales on 1 March 2001, the first woman to hold the position. At the time of her appointment, she was Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Sydney; Area Director of Mental Health Services Central Sydney; and Senior Consultant to the Aboriginal Medical Service, Redfern and to the Aboriginal Medical Service, Kempsey. Professor Bashir's widespread involvements and interests have included juvenile justice, research on adolescent depression, health issues in developing countries, education for health professionals and telemedicine and new technologies for health service delivery.
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