Outstanding Alumnae Awards

Each year, the Genazzano FCJ College Council makes an award to an Outstanding Alumnae, recognising the contributions of a very special past student who had the courage and confidence to go out into the world to really make a difference. This past student has demonstrated a love of learning, and through service to others, is an inspiring role model for young women.

2017 Outstanding Alumnae Awards

Join us in celebrating the Outstanding Achievements of our 2017 Alumnae award recipient, Dr Sarah McNab. Dr McNab started at Genazzano in 1988 as a Year 5 student, finishing Year 12 in 1995.  She currently works as a General Paediatrician at The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and is a member of the Leadership Team in the Department of General Medicine, as well as the Clinical Lead of the Short Stay Unit. Dr McNab has a longstanding interest in Quality and Safety in Healthcare and mentoring junior medical staff. 

Dr McNab completed a PhD in 2016 through the University of Melbourne and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Her research, described by the ABC as a “landmark study”, found that increasing the sodium in fluids given to hospitalised children could prevent serious side effects, including brain swelling and death. Her study has led doctors treating children in Australia and internationally to change the standard fluid that they prescribe.

Dr McNab has presented her work internationally; she was a finalist for the New Investigator Award at the International Congress of Paediatrics and was awarded the Best Student Abstract at the Paediatric Academic Societies’ annual meeting in Vancouver. Dr McNab has a young family, with three gorgeous boys - Jack, Hugo and Ted.

Event details

Date: Wednesday 30 August 2017
Time: 7.00pm for presentation of the awards. Refreshments available from 6.00pm
Venue: The Madeleine Centre for Music and The Performing Arts, Genazzano FCJ College, 301 Cotham Road, Kew

Tickets to this exciting evening will be available online in early July 2017.



Nominations for the Outstanding Alumnae Award are closed

The form was to be completed and submitted by 5.00pm, Wednesday 14 June 2017.

Winner/s will be advised in the coming weeks.

Previous recipients

Jane Kennedy was the 2016 recipient of the Outstanding Alumna Award for her dedication and commitment in the pursuit of her media career and her contribution to the film and television industry.

The recipients in previous years have received the award for their contributions as detailed below:

  • 1995: Dr Suzanne Crowe (1967) Medical Research
  • 1996: Dr Patricia Desmond (1974) Medicine
  • 1997: Miss Catherine Santamaria (1962) Public Service and Public Policy
  • 1998: Dr Jane Connor (Posthumous Award) (1986) Medicine
  • 1999: Ms Gabrielle Trainor (1973) Governance and Communications
  • 2000: Ms Margaret Easterbrook (1981) Journalism
  • 2001: Sr Barbara Brown-Graham FCJ (1963) Education and the FCJ Society
  • 2002: Ms Jacinta Heffey (1965) Law
  • 2003: Dr Brenda Niall AO (1948) Literature
  • 2004: Professor Marie Emmitt (1963) Education
  • 2005: Miss Julie Chamberlin (1952) Education
  • 2006: Ms Angela Cannon (1982) Law
  • 2007: Ms Melinda Crean (1986) Music and the Arts
  • 2008: Mrs Kerry Stone (1965) Social Action
  • 2009: Ms Sally Isaac (Posthumous Award) (1990) Local Government
  • 2010: Dr Anita Clarke (1982) Medicine
  • 2011: Dr Judith Paphazy (1958) Psychology
  • 2012: Mrs Fiona Scanlan (1978) Fashion Design
  • 2013: Dr Bernadette Tobin (1963) Bioethics
  • 2014: Sr Maryrose Dennehy fcJ (1949) Education and the FCJ Society
  • 2015: Janet DeNeefe (1976) Contribution to the Indonesian Community and Tourism
  • 2016: Jane Kennedy (1982) Media, Film and Television
  • 2017: Dr Sarah McNab (1995) Medicine 


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