Today, the Royal Melbourne Hospital’s Professor Ingrid Winship was recognised for her service to the medical community with the title of Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Professor Winship received the medal for distinguished service to medicine, particularly to clinical genetics and research, to cancer prevention, and as a role model and mentor.
Director of the RMH’s Genomic Medicine and the inaugural Chair of Adult Clinical Genetics at the University of Melbourne and The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Professor Winship has made significant contributions to medical research capability and activity across the organisation. Her contributions include the launch of the health service’s Clinical Trials Research Centre; the establishment of the Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance; and programs to increase engagement for women in research.
A graduate of the University of Cape Town, she is dual trained in clinical genetics and dermatology. In 1994, she moved to New Zealand to take an academic position at the University of Auckland where she later became Professor of Clinical Genetics within the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. She was Clinical Director of the Northern Regional Genetic Service, a comprehensive genetic service based in Auckland that she initiated in 1995. In her last five years in Auckland she was Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Professor Winship is a practicing clinician, providing academic and clinical leadership in the inherited cancer clinics. She served on a number of high level committees within Australia, and internationally; she is currently a Director of the Boards of the Australasian College of Dermatologists, the Australian Genome Research Facility and Global Variome and a member of the Health Research Strategy External Advisory Group for New Zealand. She is Chair of the Australian Health Ethics Committee and a member of the NHMRC Council.