Professor Robyn Norton AO

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Founding Director, The George Institute for Global Health Professor of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney Chair of Global Health, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London

Professor Norton is one of the two Founding Directors of The George Institute for Global Health. She has published widely on women’s health, global health, and injury.

Robyn has had a long-standing commitment to improving the health of women and girls and co-established The George Institute’s Global Women’s Health Program. This program of work takes a life course approach to addressing the leading causes of death and disability for women and girls, especially non-communicable diseases, and injuries.

Robyn currently co-leads work in both Australia and the UK focused on the development of policies to ensure increased representation of women and girls as participants in health and medical research, and the disaggregation of data by sex and gender. This work led to the establishment of Australia’s first Centre for Sex and Gender Equity in Health and Medicine in March 2024, in partnership with the Australian Human Rights Institute at UNSW and Deakin University.

Robyn was appointed a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences in 2016 and made an Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2017. In 2021, she was appointed as a member of Chief Executive Women and, in 2022, was appointed to the Australian Women’s Health Advisory Council where she is also a member of its research sub-committee.

In 2024, Robyn was appointed Chair of the inaugural Advisory Board for Franklin Women, an Australian social enterprise that connects individuals and organisations committed to creating a health and medical research sector where women thrive. She is also Chair of the inaugural Advisory Board of Imperial College’s Network of Excellence in Women’s Health and in 2024, joined the board of directors of the Black Dog Institute, UNSW Sydney.

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