Graduate named Newcastle Young Citizen of Year

Saturday, 26 January 2019


University of Newcastle graduate Dr Bhavi Ravindran is the 2019 Newcastle Young Citizen of the Year.

The 24-year-old John Hunter Hospital doctor was recognised for his outstanding contribution to the medical profession at such a young age.

Dr Bhavi holds numerous positions on medical boards including the Australian Medical Council and Medical Students Accreditation Committee, which is responsible for the accreditation of the 24 medical schools across Australia and New Zealand.

He has worked with the United Nations and World Health Organisation on a number of leading international population health projects, and in 2016 convened a Global Health Conference in Newcastle.

The conference drew more than 850 medical students from across the world to discuss public health and global governance issues.

As an active member of the University community, Dr Bhavi served as the elected student representative on the University Council for three terms in 2014, 2015 and 2018.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alex Zelinsky, AO, said Dr Bhavi was an exceptional University of Newcastle graduate who was forging a strong future within the medical profession.

“It is wonderful to see Dr Bhavi’s passion and dedication to his field recognised in this way. The University community congratulates him on this fitting recognition.”

Newcastle City Council Lord Mayor, Cr Nuatali Nelmes, said Dr Bhavi was an inspiring young man with an incredible wealth of knowledge well beyond his years.

"His dedication to his profession sets a very high benchmark for any young and aspiring doctor or medical professional to work towards and I look forward to following his achievements throughout the rest of his career," Cr Nelmes said.