Dr John Maunder

“After being a patient myself, I feel that I’ve been set up with some of the skills to better engage with sick people and sitting down and connecting with patients is something that I really enjoy.”

Dr John Maunder is a qualified Mechanical Engineer and Medical Doctor.

In 2012, Dr Maunder graduated from UQ with a Bachelor of Engineering. On his graduation day, he found out he had cancer. Dr Maunder was diagnosed with a form of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a rare form of blood cancer; one that can be treated but not cured.  

After graduating from Engineering, he realised his passion was in medicine and applied for a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at UQ. Despite having to undergo a rigorous regime of chemotherapy and other treatments, Dr Maunder was determined to finish his Medical degree which he did successfully in 2016.

Dr Maunder has a strong desire to give back to the community. During his cancer treatment, he raised a tremendous $100,000 through cancer awareness events including the World’s Greatest Shave for the Leukaemia Foundation.

Dr Maunder is passionate about orthopaedic surgery and currently works at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. He is also a lecturer in the School of Medicine at Griffith University. He is the current President of the Sunshine Coast Junior Doctor Society.

A leader in many fields, Dr Maunder represented Australia in the Triathlon at World Championships in Switzerland in 2019.


Distinguished Young Alumni Award
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Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Bachelor of Engineering (Hons)