John is an academic paediatrician, now retired from clinical practice. His undergraduate medical education was at Edinburgh University followed by post-grad training in the children’s hospitals of Perth, Melbourne, and Adelaide. He was appointed Foundation Professor at the University of Newcastle in 1980. His professional interests include growth and nutrition in childhood, population child health and the amelioration of the effects of social disadvantage on children’s health and wellbeing (Community Child Health). He holds an honorary professorial appointment within the Centre for Values, Ethics and Law at the University of Sydney with respect to his work in Medical Humanities; an adjunct professorial affiliation at the University of Notre Dame in Broome, WA, with respect to his collaborative work at the Nulungu Centre for Indigenous Research; and a professorial fellowship at the Telethon Kids Institute at UWA, Perth, WA, with respect to his role in Aboriginal child health research in the Kimberley. In 2011 he was awarded the Howard Williams Medal for his career contribution to Paediatrics by the Division of Paediatrics of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. In 2015 Rural Health West awarded him the prize for his “Outstanding contribution to regional and remote health services in Western Australia”.