Professor Robinson visited our Open Day in May to celebrate Cyril Jackson’s 50th year. He celebrated the day with another 50 past CJ students, who enjoyed afternoon tea at the CJ Café and viewed the memorabilia on display.
Professor Robinson was amongst the very first students enrolled at CJ when it opened in 1963 and has many fond memories. He is one of many CJ students who have gone on to successful careers in government, private industry, and academia. Many, like Bruce Robinson, have also achieved national and international prominence.
Bruce is now a lung specialist at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth. He is a researcher and does additional community work. His personal philosophy is to turn compassion into action. He has medical and research qualifications from Australia, the UK and the USA (MBBS, MD, FRACP, FRCP, DTM&H, FCCP). He is the acknowledged world leader in this field and has received the international Wagner Medal, Premiers Science Award, AMA Medal and TSANZ Research Medal for this work.
Bruce co-established the award-winning Fathering Project (TFP) because of statistics showing that the most powerful but missing factor in reducing youth substance abuse and crime was a strong father/father-figure. He has run seminars and produced 3 best selling books on this issue.
Deeply saddened by the number of Indonesian tsunami victims, Bruce learnt Indonesian then worked in Aceh, co-founding ISTIH, which provides train-the-trainer programs in the region. ISTIH won Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2011
Among many other impressive achievements, Bruce is the director of The Fathering Project, the National Centre for Asbetsos Related Diseases and the International Skills and Training
Institute in Health. He also has a leadership role in medical research as Chairman of the State Health Research Advisory Council. He helped co-establish the $30 million ‘FutureHealth WA’ program of research aimed at turning WA’s wealth into health for future generations.
Bruce is a board member of Australia-Indonesia Institute (DFAT), Bernie Banton Foundation (asbestos victim support), Tall Trees Inc (community service group) and a number of professional journals and bodies. Earlier this year, he was honoured with an Order of Australia for these activities. He has also won three UWA Teacher of the Year awards.
When reminiscing about his CJ days, he recalls how on the first day of school he was reprimanded for the misdemeanour of riding his bike in a forbidden area; he remembers, “getting the cane on the first day of school. That was the first day of Cyril Jackson’s existence!”.
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