Class of 1985
Professor of Paediatric Bone and Mineral Medicine, University of Sydney
With a personal conviction that ‘life is all about giving back’, Craig Munns is clearly living that belief.
The Professor of Paediatric Bone and Mineral Medicine at the University of Sydney has been helping children and families affected by debilitating bone disorders for most of his life.
‘After graduating, I spent 18 months working at Gladstone Hospital. It was there, treating everyone who walked through the door, that I realised helping children was the path for me.’
The path was not always clear cut.
While it appears Craig would have been happy to continue playing cricket forever (he lists it as his favourite school subject), a career as an air force pilot was also considered.
Craig graduated from John Paul College in 1985 as College Dux; the same year he served as the College’s first captain. At John Paul College he learned about service, respect for all, hard work, family, loyalty, faith and the equality of all religions.
‘My father (Cec Munns) was both my modern history teacher and Principal of the College. He had a major influence on my learning and experience of schooling. Looking back, I am amazed how this seemingly difficult situation was handled by my classmates. This speaks to the wonderful people they were and how they respected my father.’
Craig chose medicine and graduated from the University of Queensland in 1992. After working in Gladstone, Craig completed specialist paediatric and endocrine training at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane and was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2001. In 2004 he was awarded his PhD, receiving the Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group Young Investigator Award for his research into genetic bone disorders.
A ‘wonderful’ two years at Montreal’s Shriners Hospital for Children (where he worked as the Fellow in Genetic Bone Disorders) followed.
Since mid-2004, Craig has been Staff Specialist in Paediatric Bone and Mineral Medicine and Endocrinology at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Australia’s largest paediatric hospital.
Considered an expert in the diagnosis and management of paediatric bone disorders through both his clinical work and research, Craig has established treatment protocols that have been adopted nationwide, in North America, Europe and within the Asia-Pacific region. Craig cites his promotion to Professor at the University of Sydney in 2018 as one of his career highlights. He was also awarded the title of Honorary Professor at Macquarie University.
However, for all these titles and awards, Craig’s greatest achievement remains his family.
‘The best thing I have done is my family; the rest is just icing on the cake. My purpose is to make a difference and I hope that I have been able to do this in all aspects of my life. JPC provided the foundation upon which I have been able to grow as a person and through my career, and for this I am grateful.’
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