Dr Sally Cockburn is a GP and health advocate – with a twist – while she practices part time in suburban Melbourne she is also known around Australia as ‘Dr Feelgood’, a high profile media presenter who champions sensitive issues and demystifies medicine.
Her 20 year media career spans every television network and Australia’s top radio networks. She currently can be seen on Channel 7’s “Morning Show with Larry and Kylie”, and heard hosting her own Sunday night talk back radio program “Talking Health” on Melbourne’s radio 3AW. She is a recipient of the radio industry’s award for best documentary and an MBF award for excellence in health journalist.
Behind the scenes, Sally is passionate about patient and community issues and is active in health policy and education at many levels. Sally is a Lifetime Australia Day Ambassador for Victoria. In March 2010 Sally was inducted into the Victorian Women’s honour roll for harnessing the media to improve health communications.
She has just retired from the Chair of Family Planning Victoria and the board of Vichealth, the world leading health promotion organisation.
Sally is patron or ambassador for many community organisations and sits on the Victorian Government’s Mental Health Reform Council. Her non human interests include sitting on the Melbourne Zoo’s Scientific Advisory Committee and she is an Ambassador for Lort Smith Animal Hospital.
She champions those who feel disempowered; she stands up against bullies and ensures sensitive issues are not brushed under the table.
Nothing fazes Sally, as she says – if she hasn’t seen or heard it she’s probably swabbed it. Tall buildings and speeding bullets would be next except she’s dead scared of the lycra tights.
If you are wondering how she does all this – you will be pleased to hear that her car is overdue for a service and she has a messy house.
REVIEWS / TESTIMONIALS
“Sally was great to deal with. She listened to our brief and tailored her presentation to our specific needs. I would not hesitate to use her again!”
Accor Asia Pacific
“Sally presented some serious health issues to a group of 90% men with great success. Her blunt but humorous nature had them all riveted; very pleased with our choice.”
Australian Accident Repair Network
“Sally did exactly what we asked of her; keeping the afternoon presentation serious and ensuring the night session was fun!”
Best-fed Group Ltd
“Sally was excellent, had done her homework and integrated her presentation into the agricultural industry beautifully.”
Birchip Cropping Group
“Sally was excellent.”
Business Enterprise Centre (BEC)
“Very easy to liaise with prior to, and on the day; this allowed suitable inclusion of the overall seminar theme and ‘entertainment’ pitched at the right level. Dr Feelgood’s approach and content was valued and enjoyed by delegates and partners equally.”
C.K. Prowse & Associates
“Sally is a true professional. She was extremely enthusiastic and positive, and ran the event without a hitch.”
“Sally was very easy to deal with; I felt Dr Sally was only talking to me, not 150 other women.”
Conrad Treasury Brisbane
“Sally was very funny and enjoyable to listen to. Many delegates commented that she was a great presenter and the subject matter was highly relevant to personal relationships, self health and the ability to deliver in the work place. A lot of people found that the talk was much needed and great to finally have a ‘balance’ given the attention it deserves!”
Department of Finance and Administration
“Sally was very well received by the audience. We felt that she ‘read’ the audience well, was lively, entertaining and relevant. The feedback we received was very positive.”
Department of Health
“Dr Cockburn was most definitely an asset to our forum. She kept the day moving and was always alert to any possible mishaps. Dr Cockburn was able to keep up with all speakers and often referred back to things they had said during the course of the day.”
Department of Housing
“Sally was a very entertaining and knowledgeable speaker. She presented what can be serious topics in a lighthearted way and engaged the audience with her humour.”
Gordon Institute of TAFE
“Sally was extremely entertaining and engaging; talking of issues relevant to our community and event.”
Harden Shire Council
“Sally was absolutely delightful and a joy to have on site. We all loved her so much and I wanted to thank you for coordinating the session; a very happy pharmaceutical group, so many thanks.”
“She was fantastic; very confident and humorous with a great personality.”
Institute of Chartered Accountants, VIC