A top Adelaide paediatrician who was allegedly murdered in his inner north-east home has been remembered as a man “full of love”.

Key points:

  • Dr Michael Yung died at the Royal Adelaide Hospital after allegedly being attacked in his home
  • He was remembered at an emotional funeral on what would have been his birthday
  • Speakers reflected on his personality, career, humour and interests

Dr Michael Yung was found with serious injuries at his Gilberton home on the morning of December 11.

The 61-year-old was taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital where he died on December 12 surrounded by his family.

He was remembered at a funeral in Norwood attended by family, friends and colleagues on what would have been his birthday.

Dr Yung was the former head of the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Adelaide’s Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

His mother, Gillian Yung, paid tribute to her son’s commitment to his patients and colleagues.

“Today we gather here to honour Michael’s life, not to recall the manner of his death,” Ms Yung said.

“Evil must not win.

Dr Michael Yung was the former head of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.(ABC News: Trent Murphy)

“Some of us here have lost a precious family member, some of us have lost a friend, some a loyal colleague and some a dedicated doctor whose child had the benefit of Michael’s care.

“I have lost a child — every parent’s nightmare.”

Dr Yung’s son, Conor Yung, said his father loved learning and had a genuine curiosity that he admired.

“What I’ll miss the most about my father was his appreciation for life’s small pleasures,” he said.

“From chewing the fat over a coffee typically talking about politics or his beloved Hawthorn footy club … sometimes listening to him play his Beatles song on his saxophone.”

Family paid tribute to Dr Michael Yung as a man “full of love”.(ABC News: Trent Murphy)

Mr Yung said his late mother Kathryn Browne-Yung and father shared a “special bond”.

“I’ve been reflecting on their deep love and I’ve realised how blessed I’ve been as a son to have had parents that are so profoundly in love.”

‘I will always love you’

His sister, Alison Yung, said Dr Yung excelled at school at because of his intelligence and hard work but remained humble about his achievements.

She said he undertook further study in paediatric intensive care which took him and his family to Kilifi in Kenya and Newcastle-upon-Tyne in northern England, before moving to Adelaide.

“Michael’s intelligence, hard work and care for others made him a knowledgeable, skilled and compassionate paediatric intensive care specialist,” she said.

“Michael was a passionate advocate for social justice and caring for the environment and was full of love.”

Dr Michael Yung set up a scholarship for Aboriginal medical students after his wife’s death.(ABC News: Trent Murphy)

Ms Yung said he set up the Kathryn Browne-Yung Scholarship Fund to support Indigenous medical students following the death of his wife in 2020 — a cause they were both passionate about.

“Just as Michael was full of love, so he was very loved, I love you Michael, big brother, I have loved you all my life,” she said.

“I will always love you and I will always miss you.”

His friend Tim Akhurst said Dr Yung was a great friend who was “utterly devoid of fashion sense”.

“He was a genuine humanist, and he had a heart full of love that was made whole by his wife Kathryn and his sons.”

Colleagues at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital PICU also paid tribute to Dr Yung.

People gather outside Dr Michael Yung’s funeral in Adelaide.(ABC News: Trent Murphy)

Lauren Mrozik said Dr Yung encouraged her to undertake research and helped her publish her first journal article. 

“He was a mentor, a friend and in the last few years, my daily Wordle competitor,” Ms Mrozik said.

“Michael’s kindness and willingness to share his amazing mind meant that I and all the other PICU nurses were able to learn so much from him.”

Kerem Mustafa Aydin, 22, and Jacinta Davila, 27, were both initially charged with Dr Yung’s murder.

However, the murder charge against Ms Davila was dropped and she has instead been charged with assisting an offender.

The magistrate granted her home detention bail, with conditions including that she does not contact Mr Aydin.

Ms Davila and Mr Aydin will appear in court again in March.

Kerem Mustafa Aydin has been charged with Dr Michael Yung’s murder.(ABC News: Trent Murphy)