Congratulations Professor Kathryn North

Congratulations Professor Kathryn North, on her appointment as Companion to the Order of Australia in this year's Australia Day awards.

This honour recognises Kathryn's national and international leadership in genomic medicine, her contribution to the advancement of genetic, neurological and child health and mentorship of young researchers.

Kathryn has dedicated her life to improving genetic diagnoses, most recently in bringing together a consortium of more than 70 Australian institutions, patient advocacy groups and state-based genetics services into the Australian Genomics initiative, that aims to decrease diagnostic times, enable early intervention and improve access to treatment for people with genetic disorders.

Since taking the helm at MCRI in 2013, Kathryn has transformed Australia's largest child health research institute into one of the world's top five most successful child health centres. She now leads and nurtures our outstanding group of young scientists and clinician researchers with a focus on prevention and early intervention to bring health and medicine into the genomic and digital age and make precision medicine part of standard care for all Australians.

Since receiving an AM in 2012, Kathryn has only accelerated her efforts as a leader, motivator and advocate for precision child health.