John Yu

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John Yu


(1934-12-12) 12 December 1934 (age 85)
Nanking, China
Nationality Australian
Education Fort Street High School
Medical career
Field Paediatrics
Institutions Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children

John Samuel Yu AC, FRACP (Chinese: 余森美; pinyin: Yú Sēnměi; born 12 December 1934) is a distinguished Australian paediatrics doctor.

Early life and education

Born in Nanking (now Nanjing, Jiangsu Province), China, he attended Fort Street High School and the University of Sydney in Sydney, Australia. John Yu discovered his passion for paediatric care and after starting work at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children in 1961 now called the New Children's Hospital, he eventually rose to become Head of Medicine in the hospital and later Chief Executive in 1978.

Career and later life

He was the Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children at the time of its relocation from inner-city Camperdown to Westmead in western Sydney in 1995 (The hospital now uses the name The Children's Hospital at Westmead in addition to its official title), and served as the chancellor of the University of New South Wales from 2000 to 2005.[1]

He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 1989 and was named Australian of the Year in 1996.[2] He was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2001.

Yu, as CEO of the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children, publicly supported a bill introduced by Alan Corbett in the New South Wales Legislative Council to protect children from abuse and excessive physical chastisement. The bill passed in 2001, banning parents striking children above the shoulders (thus preventing neck, head, brain and facial injuries), and requiring that any physical force applied leave only trivial and short-lived signs such as redness (that is, no bruising, swelling, welts, cuts, grazes, internal injuries, emotional trauma, etc.).


  1. ^ UNSW Archives Chancellor Exhibition
  2. ^ Lewis, Wendy (2010). Australians of the Year. Pier 9 Press. ISBN 978-1-74196-809-5.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Sir Anthony Mason
Chancellor of the University of New South Wales
Succeeded by
David Gonski

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