Dr Paul J H Hemming AO

Position on Council:

Ex-officio (Chancellor)

Present occupation:


Academic qualifications:

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Fellow Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Fellow Royal College of General Practitioners (UK)

Summary of previous experience

Dr Paul Hemming commenced as Chancellor of Federation University Australia in June 2012, having been a Governor-in-Council appointee to the University Council since 2007.

Paul has been an experienced General Practitioner in Ballarat for more than 40 years, and has previously served as President of AMA (Victoria), President of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and GP Consultant to the Health Insurance Commission. He was the inaugural Chairman of GP Divisions Victoria and was also a founding Director of "beyondblue" from 2000 to 2007. Paul has also held a number of advisory positions on federal and state government bodies, as well as key roles in medical education and training, and in accreditation and quality improvement. He has extensive experience in governance and leadership.

In 2001 Dr Hemming was awarded a Centenary Medal for services to the medical profession and the community, and in January 2018 he was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to higher education administration, to medicine and to the community of central Victoria as a general practitioner.

Particular areas of expertise / interest

  • Medical education / training
  • Accreditation and quality improvement
  • Depression / mental illness
  • Governance / leadership