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Former Australian of the Year, Dr John Yu AC, will present the 2014 Mosman Address on Friday 9 May with the theme “Valuing what we share (and understanding our differences)”.

Dr Yu says that “Australia is our community, a community based on shared values but we need to accept that changes are occurring and we need to understand those differences and hopefully accept the good things about being different. Differences in art and culture are a good starting point in that journey.”

Dr John Yu is a paediatrician who has had a lifelong interest in the arts. His career in medicine spanned over 40 years. Prior to his retirement in 1998, he was the Chief Executive of the Children’s Hospital at Camperdown, and later at Westmead, for over 20 years.

He was the Deputy President of the Board of Trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW, the Chair of VisAsia at the Art Gallery of NSW and served on the Boards of the Powerhouse Museum, Penrith Regional Gallery and the National Board of Musica Viva. He has served on the Boards of St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, the Starlight Children’s Foundation and the Malcolm Sargent Cancer Fund.

Dr Yu was appointed a member of the Order of Australia in 1989 and made a Companion of the Order in 2001. He was awarded the Centenary Medal and in 1996 was named Australian of the Year.

Prominent Mosman residents who have presented the Mosman Address in the past include the NSW Governor Marie Bashir, Neil Balnaves, Ian Macfarlane and Ken Done.

The Mosman Address is a fundraising dinner presented by the Mosman Public Art Trust in association with Mosman Council to raise funds for public art projects in Mosman. Tickets are $150 with 50% being tax deductible. Bookings are essential by Thursday 1 May at www.trybooking.com/79730 or phone 9978 4050.

2014 Mosman Address Invitation