Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute's board chair, the Hon. John Brumby, has received an honorary doctorate recognising his leadership and achievements in the community.
Mr Brumby received a Doctorate of Letters from La Trobe University at a special graduation ceremony.
The ONJCRI has a strong partnership with La Trobe University through the La Trobe School of Cancer Medicine, a joint research initiative.
Mr Brumby said he was excited to accept such a prestigious honour.
"I’m delighted to receive this award and look forward to continuing to work with La Trobe’s outstanding researchers to help find new treatments for the scourge of cancer and other pressing issues of our time," Mr Brumby said.
La Trobe Vice Chancellor Professor John Dewar said the awarding of the honorary degree is 'a fitting tribute'.
"John Brumby has held the interests of Victoria and its people close to his heart for more than four decades – first as a teacher, then politician and now statesman. He has had a close relationship with La Trobe from his Bendigo background which continues today through his and our close relationship with the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute."