Professor Jenny May AM
Bachelor of Medicine (Hons) 1985

As Director of the University of Newcastle, Department of Rural Health, Professor Jenny May AM combines a deep passion for clinical work and her drive to improve the health of rural Australians through advocacy and research. She has made a remarkable contribution to the health and wellbeing of regional communities, and plays a significant role in growing the next generation of health care professionals by training and mentoring countless young doctors and students.

A practising GP, Jenny advises governments on rural health issues, and is on the national advisory group on Alcohol and Other Drugs and the National Medical Training Advisory Network. Her recent research focuses on recruitment and retention of the rural medical workforce. She is past Chair of the National Rural Health Alliance and Chair of the female doctors group of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia. She was named Telstra Rural Doctors Association of Australia Rural Doctor of the Year 2014, and received the Order of Australia in 2016.