At Penrhos College we teach our girls to "Strive for the Highest", a lesson that is taken to heart by our Penrhosians.

Professor Keryn Christiansen


1966 Leaver
Years at Penrhos: 5 years
Associate Professor Keryn Christiansen is Head of the Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at Royal Perth Hospital in Western Australia and President of the International Society for Infectious Diseases

Fondest Penrhos Memory:
My English and Drama teacher, Mrs Braunsdorf. Her classes were incredibly stimulating and she was an inspiring educator. Under her guidance I was cast as the lead in our school play "Everyman". This was the beginning of me liking an audience, of being comfortable – and even thriving – in front of a crowd. It prepared me well for my professional career.

What do you consider to be your greatest personal achievement?
First and foremost, my family. I have a wonderful husband whom I have been married to for 38 years, two fantastic children and four gorgeous grandchildren. Professionally, I love my work in the area of antibiotic resistance and superbugs. Through our work we have successfully been able to keep superbugs from becoming epidemic in WA hospitals, which is a huge achievement. I am also the President of the International Society for Infectious Diseases, which is a position I am very proud of as it is a large and well-respected international organisation. I am the first Australian, and the first woman, to be appointed to this position.