Australia Day

26 January 2015

276 days to go

Dr Sally Cockburn

Dr Sally Cockburn is a GP practicing part time in suburban Melbourne. She graduated with a degree in Medicine from  Monash University in 1982 and in 2010 became a proud recipient of their distinguished Alumni Service Award.

However she is also known as Dr Feelgood through her 20 years in media promoting health and better relationships and also tackling sensitive issues.

In the 1990s she hosted the highly successful late radio talk program PILLOWTALK on more than 20 stations round Australia on the Austereo network and these days hosts the award winning talk back health program TALKING HEALTH on Sunday nights on Melbourne’s 3AW.

She has worked on every Television Network and these days is a regular health commentator on The Morning Show with Larry and Kylie on Channel 7.

Sally has written for many national magazines and her own book reached the best seller list. She currently writes for the sealed section for Girlfriend Magazine.

She is a past recipient of an MBF award for excellence in health journalism and a Radio Industry Award for Best Documentary. This year she received an EVA award for dealing with issues pertaining to violence against women on radio.

Behind the scenes Sally is passionate about patient and community issues and is active in health policy and education at many levels.

She is a past chair of Family Planning Victoria and also served as chair of Variety the Children’s Charity. She is a former board member of VicHealth and the Metropolitan Ambulance Service. She currently sits on the Victorian Mental Health Reform Council and Sexual Health Task force.

She was a member of the Victorian Ministerial Advisory Committee on Women’s Health and also Chair of the National Organ Donation Communication Strategy She is an ambassador for Parks Victoria’s “Healthy Parks’ Healthy people”,a member of the Patrons Council of the Royal District Nursing Service, a patron of Melbourne Osteoporosis Support Group, Reach Out Southern Mental Health Association, and Marie Stopes International and is an Ambassador for the Lort Smith Animal Hospital.

In her spare time she is a busy popular corporate speaker.

Sally comes from a long line of proud Australians.  Her roots go back to the early 1850s on one side and the 1830′s on the other.  Her direct family tree includes an Undersecretary to an early Colonial Secretary and the Architect of many iconic buildings in our city including the original University of Melbourne in 1852, and most of the Queen Victoria Hospital (then known as the Melbourne Hospital).  She is also descendent from the first midwife at the Cascades Female (convicts) Factory in Hobart in the 1830s.