Young Australian of the Year 2016 finalist, Robert Gillies

Young Australian of the Year 2016 finalist, Robert Gillies

Congratulations to Robert Gillies of Monash University’s Central Clinical School who is a finalist for the Young Australian of the Year 2016 awards.

Congratulations to Robert Gillies of Monash University's Central Clinical School who is a finalist for the Young Australian of the Year 2016 awards.

Undertaking three university degrees simultaneously, leading  an orchestra and playing for a number of sporting clubs would leave most people  exhausted. But not Robert Gillies. He’s also found the time to devote himself  to social enterprises that make a difference  to some of our most vulnerable  citizens.

When he’s not studying for his Bachelor of Medicine and  Surgery, his Masters’ in Public Health or Diploma in Philosophy, Robert can be found helping those experiencing homelessness. A Co-Founder of Conscious Creative Incorporated, Robert is determined to change negative attitudes  towards  homelessness through his charity clothing store ‘HoMie’.

As Executive-Director of Yarra Swim Co, Robert is reviving  the historic ‘Race to Princes Bridge’ and leading the push for a swimmable Yarra River. He’s worked as an HIV researcher and served as a director for  charities preventing poverty overseas and in remote  Indigenous communities.  Enthusiastic and determined, Robert is a role model for young Australians  wanting to make the world a better place.

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