Professor, The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO
The first woman to be appointed as Governor of New South Wales, serving 2001-2014, the Honourable Dame Marie Bashir completed her medical training at the University of Sydney. She taught at the Universities of Sydney and NSW, increasingly working with children’s services, psychiatry and mental health services, and indigenous health programs.
She was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1988 for her services to child and adolescent health, and was invested by Her Majesty, the Queen, with the insignia of a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in 2006.
At the time of her appointment as Governor, she was Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Sydney; Area Director of Mental Health Services Central Sydney; and Senior Consultant to the Aboriginal Medical Service, Redfern and the Aboriginal Medical Service, Kempsey.
In June 2014 Professor Bashir was named a Dame of the Order of Australia in recognition of her extraordinary achievements and service to the administration, public life, and people of New South Wales; and to medicine, particularly as an advocate for improved mental health outcomes for the young marginalised and disadvantaged.