Dr Sally Cockburn
Dr Sally Cockburn holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from Monash Medical School (1982). She also has a Master of Health and Medical Law (2017) from the University of Melbourne.
As well as working part-time in general practice, Dr Cockburn is an adjunct senior lecturer in the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash, as well as Clinical Lead Partnerships at Northern Health.She sits on the Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board.
Among other committee work, she’s been chair of Family Planning Victoria, and a board member of the Metropolitan Ambulance Service, as well as having sat on Victoria’s Ministerial Advisory Committee on Women’s Health, the Mental Health Reform Council and Sexual Health Task Force.
Dr Cockburn is probably better-known for her 30-year media career in radio, TV and print, often under her alias as Dr Feelgood. She’s always been interested in education, in particular translating complex or sensitive health topics into lay terms.
In the 1990s, she hosted the award-winning national radio program Pillowtalk on sex and relationships, and her own TV talkback program. For many years she appeared on Good Morning Australia with Bert Newton, and wrote the health and relationship “sealed section” in Girlfriend magazine.
She’s hosted Talking Health on Melbourne’s 3AW for more than a decade. Since October 2019, she’s had her own Saturday evening national radio program on the Macquarie Network. This program has a strong health and wellbeing focus, wrapped up in entertainment.
Dr Cockburn has remained in commercial media to ensure evidence-based health messages get to those most vulnerable. Her program has a “resident medical student” who compiles the quiz each week.
She’s always been a passionate supporter of student welfare, speaking at many student events at Monash and across Australia.
In 2010, she was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women, and also received a Monash Distinguished Alumni Service award.