School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Hall of Fame 2016

Peter Baume Hall of Fame 2016

Congratulations to Professor Peter Baume, AO who has been presented with the 2016 Disability Employment Australia Hall of Fame Award, in recognition of his outstanding and ongoing contribution to disability employment.  

The Disability Employment Australia Hall of Fame recognises excellence, innovation and long-term commitment to the evolution of disability employment in Australia (see Hall of Fame website).

Professor Peter Baume boasts a professional history as a gastroenterologist, politician and university academic.

Peter served in the Australian Parliament from 1974 to 1991.  In the late seventies, he chaired the Senate Standing Committee on Social Welfare.  During his seventeen years in parliament, he has been Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Minister for Health and Minister for Education.  Famously, when Shadow Minister for the Status of Women in 1987 he crossed the floor to vote for a bill giving equal employment opportunities in some government-owned bodies.

Peter held the positions of Chancellor of the Australian National University and Professor of Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales, where he also served as an honorary research associate within its Social Policy Research Centre.  He has been Commissioner of the Australian Law Reform Commission, Deputy Chair of the Australian National Council on AIDS and Foundation Chair of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.

In 1992, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).  In 2008, Peter was awarded the Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AC).

Of particular importance to Disability Employment Australia is Peter’s role in the 1994 Review of the Commonwealth Disability Services Program, which was later dubbed the Baume Review.  The review focused on the employment-related aspects of the program underpinned by the Disability Services Act 1986 and considered its objectives and effectiveness to provide a policy framework to the year 2000. 

Throughout his career in medicine, politics and the academy, Peter has stressed that people are more important than their impairments and that the whole person is the proper focus of attention.  He reminds us that we are all different and we should value and respect the individual nature of each other’s life journey.

(Excerpt from the Chair’s speech)

Peter Baume presented with Hall of Fame 2016 award

Professor Baume says that this award arose out of a Review done in 1994 for the School of Community Medicine, UNSW Sydney.