The latest chapter in Brendan Nelson's career is drawing to a close as the former Australian Medical Association president and Liberal Party leader steps down as director of the Australian War Memorial after seven years.
Dr Nelson became defence minister in 2006 when Australian troops were being sent on several overseas deployments, and was elected Liberal leader following the Howard government's defeat in 2007.
BRENDAN NELSON'S CAREER
* 1985-1995: Worked as a medical practitioner in Hobart, after earning a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from Adelaide's Flinders University.
* 1993: Elected unopposed as the national president of the Australian Medical Association, becoming the youngest person to hold the role.
* 1995: Retired as AMA president to run for federal parliament. Also won the AMA's highest honour, a gold medal for "Distinguished Service to Medicine and Humanity".
* 1996: Elected to the Sydney seat of Bradfield.
* 2001: Joined cabinet as the Minister for Education, Science and Training, leading significant changes to universities, school standards and reporting.
* 2006: Became defence minister, as Australian troops were being sent to Iraq, Afghanistan, East Timor and the Solomon Islands.
* November 2007: Elected leader of the Liberal Party, serving as opposition leader until he was deposed by Malcolm Turnbull in September 2008.
* October 2009: Resigned from politics.
* 2010 - 2012: Australian ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg, the European Union and NATO.
* December 2012: Became Australian War Memorial director.
* January 2016: Appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his services to the community, parliament, diplomacy and cultural leadership.
* 2018: Received honorary life membership of the Returned and Services League.
* August 2019: Defence Personnel Minister Darren Chester announces Dr Nelson will step down as war memorial director at the end of the year.