A tribute to Jane McGrath
Co-founder of the McGrath Foundation, Jane Mcgrath dedicated her life to breast cancer awareness so that every Australian family had access to a breast care nurse.
Monash University is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Dr Craig Blandy, on 3 October 2021, aged 66 years.
He joined Monash in 1993 as Head of the Health Service at Clayton, a general medical practice caring for students and staff. Under Dr Blandy’s energetic leadership its operations extended to other campuses and developed to provide a wide range of health services, including GPs, dentistry, pathology, ancillary health, nursing and psychology. Dr Blandy played a pivotal role in the expanded University Health Service (UHS) becoming the first university health service and one of the first general practices in Australia to achieve national accreditation.
Dr Blandy gave exceptional service on the day of the Monash campus shootings in October 2002, providing and overseeing the initial triage of injured staff and students who sought help from the UHS.
In 2010 the Vice-Chancellor appointed Dr Blandy to be the University’s first Chief Medical Officer (CMO). He was responsible for advising senior leaders on the Monash response to major national and international health-related incidents and challenges, including avian and swine flu, and the threat of Ebola virus.
Dr Blandy retired as CMO and Director of UHS in early 2015. Over more than 21 years at Monash the value of his dedicated contribution to the health and welfare of students and staff was immeasurable.
The University expresses its gratitude for the life and work of Dr Craig Blandy, and offers its sincere sympathy to his family on their great loss.
Publication: Herald Sun