Queensland Lion Dr Robert McGregor has been named the 2013 Senior Australian of the Year.
A medical practitioner specialising in child health, Dr McGregor has made an outstanding contribution to the community. Bob was the longtime chair of a hospital fund which raised more than $110,000 for medical equipment, child-friendly nurses’ uniforms, and toys for the special care nursery. He has been involved in community outreach programs to prevent child abuse, and he is equally dedicated to his community having worked in a number of voluntary roles for local schools and Lions clubs. A keen cyclist, Bob was the inspiration and driving force behind the Heritage Bank Ipswich100 Bike Ride fundraising event. By 2013, the 14th annual Bike Ride attracted nearly 1,000 riders and raised $100,000 for the Ipswich Hospital Foundation, local charities, and Lions’ projects. Bob has devoted nearly four decades to his role as consultant paediatrician at Ipswich Hospital with many of his current patients the children or even grandchildren of former patients.