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Professor The Hon Dame Marie Bashir AD, CVO

Professor Bashir is the former Governor of New South Wales (2001-2014) and former Chancellor of the University of Sydney (2007-2012). She was NSW’s first female Governor.

Professor Bashir graduated from the University of Sydney in 1956 with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. After completion of postgraduate studies in psychiatry, she was made a Member of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 1971, becoming a Fellow in 1980.  She has held various medical positions, with a particular emphasis on psychiatry. In 1993 Professor Bashir was appointed the Clinical Director of Mental Health Services for the Central Sydney Area Health Service, a position she held until being appointed Governor on 1 March 2001.
However, over the years since then, she has maintained her participation in international health programs of collaboration in Vietnam with other colleagues from the University of Sydney.
In 2001, Professor Bashir was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia.  In 2006, the Queen appointed her a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO).
In the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours, Professor Bashir was made a Dame of the Order of Australia "For extraordinary and pre-eminent achievement and merit in service to the administration, public life, and people of New South Wales, to medicine, particularly as an advocate for improved mental health outcomes for the young, marginalised and disadvantaged, to international relations, through the promotion of collaborative health programs, and as a leader in tertiary education".

Emeritus Professor Sir Mason Durie

A Fellow of the RANZCP, Sir Mason has researched and published extensively and transformed health care for all New Zealanders. For over 40 years, he has been at the forefront of a transformational approach to New Zealand health care models and Māori health.

Sir Mason was appointed as a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Māori in 2001 and as a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Māori health and public health services in 2010.

He is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Humanities Council of New Zealand Academy, and has served as Deputy Chair of Te Wānanga o Raukawa, Professor of Māori Research and Development, and more recently Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Massey University.