Dr Bernard Jenner OAM

Paediatrician and charity leader.


Honours and awards

2007 VIC Local Hero

Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the community of the Barwon region.


Bernard Jenner OAM is a consultant paediatrician, family therapist and former head of paediatrics at the University Hospital Geelong and St John of God Hospital.

Bernard led the development of a cohesive Department of Paediatrics of Excellence at Geelong Hospital Barwon Health. Through his professional networks, contacts, systems-theory-thinking and recruiting numerous generous community minded people, Bernard has been able to help make things happen within the Barwon and surrounding community.

Bernard has been honoured to lead the development of two award-winning charities. Firstly, he created NFP Gateways Support Services in 1982 to provide support for children with disabilities and their families by providing a “one-stop shop” for advice, early intervention, case management, respite, accommodation, sport and recreation. Secondly, he created Hope Bereavement Care, which is an NGO NFP organisation, a free service which supports anyone affected by the sudden death of a loved one, especially perinatal, childhood and suicide.

Bernard believes the strength and success of a society is ultimately judged by the way the most vulnerable are cared for.