14 December 2001

Three brothers are set to make the Hanley family proud when each receives his medical degree at a UQ Faculty of Health Sciences graduation ceremony later today.

Paul, Mark and Peter Hanley will pull off a family hat-trick that is believed to be the first of its kind in Australian medical history and is sure to be a highlight of this traditionally prestigious ceremony.

Sharing the spotlight will be fellow medical graduate Richard Skoein, the grandson of former UQ Vice-Chancellor the late Sir Fred Schonell, whose degree will be his fourth, having already completed Bachelors of Arts, Law and Science through UQ.

Queensland’s newest doctors will be addressed by 2001 valedictorian Vanessa Rich and guest speaker Sir Raymond Hoffenberg at a ceremony in Mayne Hall, St Lucia at 4pm.

Health Sciences graduates across the Faculty’s five other Schools – Dentistry, Pharmacy, Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, Human Movement Studies, and Population Health – accepted their degrees at a ceremony last week on 7 December.

Valedictorians Sarah Kam (Bachelor of Dental Science) and Levi Morse (Bachelor of Physiotherapy) addressed their fellow graduates, as well as guest speaker Professor Robyn McDermott.

Among the graduates were Honours student Chelsea Watego, whose project “Broken Houses, Better Health – Understanding Environmental Health in an Indigenous Community” earned her a University Medal – the first to be awarded to a candidate for this degree.

The Faculty’s newest school – the School of Population Health – saw five students, including three indigenous Australians, graduate with their Bachelors of Applied Health Science in Primary Health Care.

At the same time, the School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences witnessed its first graduating cohort of the new Master of Occupational Therapy Studies graduate entry program.

For more information contact Peter McCutcheon on 07 3365 1088