Professor Graeme Young

Emeritus Professor

College of Medicine and Public Health

place SA Health & Medical Research Institute (3L:100)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Graeme Young underwent secondary education at Northcote High School Melbourne and subsequently graduated MB, BS in 1969 from the University of Melbourne. After attaining Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (1978), he studied overseas on a Fogarty International Fellowship (NIH) and RACP Travelling Scholarship at Washington University, St Louis. He graduated MD in 1981 (University of Melbourne, research), and in 1997 was appointed as the foundation Professor of Gastroenterology at Flinders University of South Australia, and Regional Head of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Southern Adelaide Health Service. In 2002, Graeme was additionally appointed as Director of Development, Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer. In 2005, he became Head of the Flinders Cancer Control Alliance, subsequently named the Flinders Centre for Cancer Prevention and Control (FCCPC) and now Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer (FCIC). In 2011,he became Professor of Global Gastrointestinal Health at Flinders University while relinquishing his clinical appointments. He retired from Flinders University staff on Dec 31 2020, following which he was awarded academic status and was honoured as Matthew Flinders Distinguished Emeritus Professor.


MB BS, Melbourne 1969
MD, Melbourne (by research thesis) 1981
FRACP, 1978
FTSE, Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, 2008
AGAF, Fellow, American Gastroenterological Association, 2009

FAHMS, elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences 

Honours, awards and grants

2021: Matthew Flinders Distinguished Emeritus Professor, Flinders University.

2017: elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (FAHMS); Winner of the Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Innovation in Medical Research.

2014: Awarded the Charles G Moertel Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award, an international Award for “dedication to colon cancer research” and was honoured by establishment by the FCIC of the “Graeme Young Oration”.

In 2014, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to medicine.

In 2013, he received the South Australian Scientist of the Year Award.
In 2011, he was awarded the title of Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor from Flinders University.
In 2009, Graeme was awarded the Distinguished Research Prize of the Gastroenterological Society of Australia at its 50th Anniversary Celebrations in Sydney. Also, he was elected a Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGAF).

2009 he was awarded Adjunct Professor, Department of Gastrointestinal Sciences, Christian Medical College, Vellore India.
In 2008, Graeme was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE).
In 2007, Graeme was awarded South Australian of the Year in Health for his screening research and the role he played in the establishment of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program. Also in 2007, he was recognised as one of the fifty most influential people in South Australia.
In 2006, he received a 'Ten of the Best' award from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia for his research into screening for colorectal cancer.
Graeme was appointed as CSIRO P-Health Flagship Fellow in 2005.

Key responsibilities

Current: Matthew Flinders Distinguished Emeritus Professor, Flinders University

2011-2020; Professor of Global GI Health - leader of the research teams (molecular biology, cell biology, population screening, nutrition)
Chairman of the Governing Council (board) of the FCIC.

2015-2018; Chair, The Salvation Army Moral and Social Issues Council, Australia Southern Territory.

2012-2013 Consultant, Zinc Panel, NICHD funded BOND (Biomarkers of Nutrition for Development) initiative.

2012-2018 Chairman of the Governing Council (board) of the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer

2005-2013 Chairman, Colorectal Cancer Screening Committee, World Endoscopy Organization (WEO)

Teaching interests
Graeme's teaching interests focus mainly on prevention of colorectal cancer but spread more broadly to cover most of gastrointestinal sciences. He is experienced in education across most branches of health care professionals and students, although his major focus would be to Gastroenterologists, health service providers in public health and cancer prevention including screening, and scientists working in fields related to bowel health.
Supervisory interests
Colorectal cancer screening
Control of diarrhoea and malnutrition
Diet and oncogenesis
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Gastroenterology (1)
Principal supervisor: Gastroenterology (4)
Associate supervisor: Gastroenterology (5)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Jean Winter

University medal - DEC 2012

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