The Reverend Professor Victor Yu AM

Victor was born in Hong Kong where he graduated from medical school before he went to Oxford University in England on a Commonwealth Scholarship for postgraduate studies. Following a Post-Doctorate Fellowship at Master University in Canada, he was invited to Australia in 1976, where he was appointed Foundation Director of Newborn Intensive Care at Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne.

At Monash University, he was appointed Clinical Director of the Centre for Baby Health Research and Professor of Neonatology. He served as a Consultant in the World Health Organisation, President of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand, President of the Asia-Oceania Perinatal Societies, and Vice-President of the World Association of Perinatal Medicine.

Victor retired from clinical practice in 2008 after a 40-year medical career, remaining on staff at Monash University as Emeritus Professor. In the same year, he received the Member of the Order of Australia award for service to medicine and religion.

Victor studied at Ridley College, gained High Distinctions in all his subjects, became Top Graduating Student within the Australian College of Theology (Oliver Heyward Prize), and was ordained Distinctive Deacon in 2004 to serve at St Matthias Anglican Church, North Richmond, in a non-stipendiary capacity. Victor was a Member of the Archbishop-in-Council (AIC) for 12 years, 9 years as a Lay Member and 3 years as a Clergy Member. Within the AIC, he served in the Health and Welfare Chaplains Advisory Committee and the Strategic Planning Group on Church Growth, and chaired the Task Group on Church Planting.

Victor also served as Chairman of the Board for the Chinese Department in the Melbourne School of Theology, and Chairman of the Board for Medical Services International in Australia, the medical mission arm of the Overseas Missionary Fellowship, both for a period of 10 years. In January 2011, he was appointed Examining Chaplain and a member of the Melbourne Anglican Diocese Committee to review Theological Education, Ministerial Formation, and Continuing Professional Development (MADCORTE).

Victor has been married for 42 years to Winnie who helped to plant St Matthias Anglican Church, North Richmond, and where she has served as an honorary Authorised Lay Minister since 1983. The church has an ethnic Chinese congregation, and conducts Sunday Services in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

During Victor’s medical career, in addition to Australian trainees, he served as supervisor and mentor to about 200 overseas doctors and nurses from 41 different countries, who came to his department for their postgraduate neonatal training. He also helped to establish the subspecialty programmes for postgraduate training, accreditation, and continuing professional development in Neonatal Medicine within the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Victor sees these experiences and skills being useful in his current role as Examining Chaplain.


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