Australia Day

26 January 2015

280 days to go

Dr Bronwyn King

Dr. Bronwyn King was born in Melbourne and educated at Fintona Girls’ School. She was the Dux of her year in 1992 and went on to study Medicine at The University of Melbourne. In 1997 she took a gap year to travel and work in Europe. She spent six months working as an ‘au pair’ in Paris and completely fell in love with all things French!  In 2008 she completed her specialist training in Radiation Oncology and then enjoyed a fabulous year of further work and study in Toronto, Canada.  In 2009 she took up a specialist appointment at The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.  Bronwyn also works at the Epworth Hospital where she has a special interest in treating women’s cancers with state of the art equipment and technology.

In 2010, Bronwyn founded the ‘Tobacco-Free Super’ campaign when she discovered that she had been unwittingly investing in the tobacco industry via her superannuation investments.  As a cancer doctor, she felt obliged to act.  She actively engaged with many Australian Super Funds to present the case for tobacco divestment and in July 2012, First State Super (Bronwyn’s Super Fund) announced divestment of all tobacco stocks. Ten more Super Funds have followed suit, bringing the total tobacco divestment to more than one billion dollars.  Bronwyn passionately continues this work, working with Super Funds and speaking at super industry conferences and events. 

As a teenager, Bronwyn was an elite swimmer, winning multiple state and national swimming titles and representing Victoria and Australia at international swimming meets.  She was a swimming scholarship holder at the Victorian Institute of Sport.  In 2000 she worked as a medical volunteer at the Sydney Olympics and from 2002 to 2010 she was an Australian Swimming Team Doctor, including for the Montreal World Swimming Championships and for the Melbourne Commonwealth Games. Bronwyn made a brief return to the water in 2002 to win a gold medal at the World Masters Swimming Championships. Bronwyn is associated with many community organisations including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Leadership Victoria, Servas International (a travellers organisation), World Vision, Humane Society International and Oxfam.

Bronwyn is a proud and passionate Australian with a soft spot for Kiwis!  She is married to a Kiwi, Dr. Mark Shaw, and they have a gorgeous two year-old son Oliver, with a new family addition expected in November 2013.  Bronwyn rates her greatest achievements as winning the Lorne Pier to Pub, being a world-class parallel parker and mastering the pavlova recipe (which comes in handy on Australia Day!)