2016 Queen's Birthday Honours Congratulations

The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences is pleased to congratulate the following staff, honorary staff and alumni on their awards announced in the 2016 Queen's Birthday Honours list.

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Laureate Professor Alan Lopez, one of Australia's most internationally recognised and respected researchers in public health, has been appointed Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his eminent service to science, both nationally and internationally, as an academic, researcher and author, and to the advancement of planning and policy development to improve public health in developing countries.

Professor Lopez has made distinguished contributions to both global health policy and practice and to academia in Australia and internationally (including through research and training). An eminent and influential public health researcher recognised as one of the ten most influential scientists worldwide in 2015 for his seminal work on measuring the global burden of disease, Professor Lopez is a leading authority on the collection and use of data to inform the development of health policy, particularly in developing nations.

As Rowden White Chair of Global Health and Burden of Disease Measurement and Director, Bloomberg Initiative for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics at the University of Melbourne, Professor Lopez currently leads the Data for Health Initiative, funded by a philanthropic grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies in association with the Australian Government’s Innovation Xchange program. Read more …

Professor Glenn Bowes has been appointed an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia in recognition of his distinguished service to medical education and its administration, to the advancement of child health and welfare, and through contributions to government and professional organisations. Professor Bowes’ work across the area of Adolescent Health has been foundational to the development of the speciality and continues to make important contributions to medical education and administration as Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. Read more …

Professor James Donovan Best (MBBS 1972, MD 1989) has been appointed an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia in recognition of his distinguished service to medicine, particularly in the area of endocrinology, to medical education as an academic, researcher and administrator, and to rural and Indigenous health. Professor Best, one of the Melbourne Medical School’s most distinguished alumni, has been Dean of the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, since mid-2014. Read more …

Dr Andrew Cuthbertson (BMedSc 1978, MBBS 1980, PhD 1986)has been appointed an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia in recognition of his distinguished service to medical science, particularly through the development and delivery of innovative biotherapies to assist public health, and to professional research organisations. As Chief Scientific Officer and Director of Research and Development at CSL Limited, Dr Cuthbertson makes important contributions to improving the health and wellbeing of humanity and to the collaborative culture of the Parkville Biomedical Precinct.

Professor Douglas James Hilton (PhD 1990) has been appointed an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia in recognition of his distinguished service to medical research and education, particularly in the field of haematology, as a molecular biologist and author, to gender equity, and as a mentor of young scientists.

Professor Hilton’s distinguished contributions to the life and work of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, as an honorary member of staff and director of the WEHI, one of our most longstanding research institute affiliates, are highly valued. Our success in improving health and wellbeing for humanity relies on the many collaborative efforts between individuals and institutions in the Melbourne Biomedical and Health Network.

Emeritus Professor Sidney Bloch has been appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his significant service to medicine in the field of psychiatry, to medical education as an academic and author, and as a mentor and role model. Professor Bloch spent many years teaching medical students and trainees, has published widely, both academically and for lay audiences anhas made a point of finding ways to bridge science and the humanities in medicine and psychiatry. He   continues to make highly valuable contributions to the life and work of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences in his role as Emeritus Professor to the Department of Psychiatry.

Dr Edward Colin Crawford (BDSc 1972, MDSc 1976) has been appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his significant service to dentistry in the field of orthodontics, to professional organisations, and to tertiary education. Dr Crawford has made important contributions to the life and work of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences through his teaching and mentorship of students in the Melbourne Dental School.

Professor Joseph Proietto has been appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his significant service to medicine in the field of endocrinology, particularly obesity and diabetes research, and as a clinician, educator and mentor. Professor Joe Proietto is world-renowned for his investigations into the management of obesity. He established Victoria’s first public obesity clinic at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and now heads the Weight Control Clinic at Austin Health. He makes significant contributions to the life and work of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences as an honorary member of staff to the Department of Medicine at the Austin Hospital.

Dr John Timothy Kennedy (MBBS 1963) has been appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his significant service to medicine, particularly in the field of otolaryngology, to medical education and training, and to the community.

Associate Professor John Owen King (MBBS 1966, MD 1973) has been appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his significant service to medicine as a neurologist, to medical education, to Multiple Sclerosis research and to professional organisations. Associate Professor John King makes important contributions to the life and the work of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences as an honorary staff member of the Department of Medicine at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Dr David Brumley (MBBS 1974) has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his distinguished service to medicine as a general practitioner, and in particular his outstanding commitment to palliative care. Dr Brumley was highly valued by the Melbourne Medical School for his clinical teaching over many years. He was instrumental in the founding of Ballarat Hospice Care Inc and became Medical Director from 1987-88 and then from 1992 to the present. He was also influential in the establishment of Gandarra Palliative Care Unit at Ballarat Health Services and went on to hold the position of Clinical Director of Palliative Care at Ballarat Health Services.

Dr Bernard Crimmins (MBBS 1980) has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in recognition of his distinguished service to medicine as a GP in the Manningham area, and to men's health awareness. Dr Crimmins was Medical Officer at the 2007 FINA World Swimming Championships, the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and for the Hawthorn Football Club from 1987-2002. He is also the author of 'Blokes Health 1' and 'Blokes Health 2: The 3 D's', (Wilkinson Press, 2010) and regularly sought to speak Men's Health to a range of community groups.

Dr John Dewdney (BA 1955, MBBS 1961, MD1975) has been appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia for significant service to tertiary education as an academic, researcher and administrator, particularly in the field of public health development. Under contracts with the World Bank, WHO, DFID, ADB, AusAID Dr Dewndey has participated in international organization funded health development projects in more than thirty countries. His computer based health workforce planning model has been employed in the development of national health workforce plans in countries in Africa, Asia, Central America, Europe and Oceania.

Ms Janet Farrow (BSW 1989)has been awarded Medal of the Order of Australia for her outstanding service to community health through a range of roles. Ms Farrow has worked in a variety of senior clinical and executive roles with a strong focus on drug treatment and mental health services. With an abiding interest in vulnerable children her Churchill Fellowship led to the establishment of a therapeutic playgroup for children of problematic drug users at a specialist drug treatment service. Ms Farrow’s numerous appointments include Independent Chair, headspace Geelong Consortium Committee, Adjunct Academic Staff Member of the School of Social Work at the University of Melbourne, Director of the Children’s Protection Society Board, and Director and Deputy Chair of The Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare).

Dr Elizabeth Finkel (Doctor of Philosophy 1984) has been appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia significant service to the print media as a science journalist and author, and as a supporter of a range of not-for-profit organisations. One of the founders of Cosmos Magazine, Dr Finkel’s work has appeared in publications ranging from the US journal, Science to The Age as well as on ABC radio’s Science Show.  She is the author of Stem Cells: Controversy on the Frontiers of Science, which won a Queensland Premier’s Literary Award in 2005; and of The Genome Generation published in 2012. Her work for Cosmos Magazine has been awarded four Publishers Australia Excellence Awards. In 2011 Dr Finkel was named the National Press Club’s Higher Education Journalist of the Year.

Dr Gerrit Westerink (GDip in Psychological Medicine 1966) has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his outstanding service to medicine, particularly in the field of psychiatry. He was the co-founder of the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Unit at St John of God Hospital, Richmond in 1994.He was also clinical director and medical superintendent and clinical director of the hospital’s trauma unit for ten years and staff specialist from 2006. Dr Westerink’s appointments include inaugural Director of Banks House Hospital (1977-1981) and Director of the Blacktown Mental Health Community Team.

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