Dr Merryn Redenbach - Former medical officer, Sea Shepherd

SHE’S part paediatrician, part roaming environmental activist – but Dr Merryn Redenbach doesn’t necessarily see the difference between the two. 

To the former crew doctor on the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s anti-whaling vessel, which last year took part in Greenpeace efforts to stop Japanese whalers, it’s all part of a doctor’s core responsibility to fix health – no matter its form.

“It’s a really important time for doctors to be taking seriously their role as public health advocates on a local, national and international scale,” she told MO.

“We’re facing enormous risks to health from environmental changes, both climate change and pollution, and land degradation as well.”

The paediatrics fellow at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital – who before taking on Japanese whalers went up against Canadian seal hunters – said she was