Melbourne Health CEO Professor Christine Kilpatrick has been 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.
Prof Kilpatrick’s was granted the medal for “distinguished service to medicine through senior administrative roles, to the promotion of quality in health care, and to neurology”.
Prof Kilpatrick’s AO is no surprise given her incredible career in medicine and hospital management.
During her career working in health she has always been passionate about the public healthcare system which has driven her focus on quality and safety.
Prof Kilpatrick originally trained as a Neurologist and established the Epilepsy program at The Royal Melbourne Hospital. After two decades of clinical neurology work she made the transition to hospital management, with executive positions at both the Royal Melbourne and Royal Children’s hospitals.
Prof Kilpatrick was appointed as Melbourne Health Chief Executive in May 2017.