Oncologist named Melburnian of the Year

Christine McGinn

Oncologist and tobacco-free financing advocate Bronwyn King has been named Melburnian of the Year.

Dr King nabbed this year's top gong at the Melbourne Awards on Saturday to recognise her outstanding contribution to the city and community.

She is the founder and chief executive of Tobacco Free Portfolios, a not-for-profit organisation which works with financial groups to drive global change towards tobacco-free finance.

"I'm truly thrilled to be the 2019 Melburnian of the Year," Dr King said.

"I am a quintessential Melburnian. I love this city and I don't think there is a single event, festival or activity that Melbourne offers that I haven't enjoyed or benefited from at some stage in my life."

Her medical career began at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, where she treated patients suffering from lung cancer before realising her superannuation fund was supporting the global production of cigarettes, prompting her to take action.

Dr King's work has resulted in tobacco-free finance policies rolled-out by more than 40 Australian superannuation funds and financial organisations in 10 countries.