Staff and alumni receive Australia Day Honours

Congratulations to the MDHS staff and alumni who were recognised in this year’s Australia Day Honours for their extraordinary contributions to Australian society.

Two prominent members of the Faculty received the highest award in the honours system: the Companion of the Order of Australia. Former Dean Professor Emeritus Richard G Larkins AC received the honour for his eminent service to medicine and medical research, to education through academic leadership, to public health care, and to the community, and Professor Kathryn North AC, Director of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, for eminent service to genomic medicine nationally and internationally, to medical research in the fields of genetics, neurology and child health, and as a mentor and role model.

Professor Sharon Lewin AO, Director of the Doherty Institute, was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to medical research, and to education, in the field of infectious diseases, particularly HIV/AIDS.

There were many more staff and alumni whose work in health, medicine and the community received recognition this Australia Day.

MDHS staff and alumni who received Australia Day Honours in 2019

Companion of the Order of Australia

  • Professor Emeritus Richard G Larkins AC for eminent service to medicine and medical research, to education through academic leadership, to public health care, and to the community
  • Professor Kathryn North AC for eminent service to genomic medicine nationally and internationally, to medical research in the fields of genetics, neurology and child health, and as a mentor and role model

Officer of the Order of Australia

  • Professor Sharon Lewin AO for distinguished service to medical research, and to education, in the field of infectious diseases, particularly HIV/AIDS
  • Dr Bronwyn M King AO for distinguished service to community health, particularly through advocacy for institutional investment strategies
  • Professor David L Ball AO for distinguished service to medicine in the field of radiation oncology, to medical education, and to professional bodies
  • Dr Olaf H Drummer AO for distinguished service to medicine in the field of forensic toxicology, to medical education, and to professional groups
  • Professor Jane R Fisher AO for distinguished service to medicine, particularly in the field of perinatal mental health, to women, and to the community
  • Professor Bruce E Kemp AO for distinguished service to biomedical research, particularly to the study of protein phosphorylation
  • Professor Catriona A McLean AO for distinguished service to medicine in the field of academic and clinical neuropathology, and as a role model and mentor
  • Professor John J McNeil AO for distinguished service to medicine in the fields of clinical epidemiology and cardiovascular research, and to public health
  • Professor Emeritus Trefor O Morgan AO for distinguished service to medicine, and to medical research in the physiological sciences, particularly in relation to hypertension
  • Professor Melanie Wakefield AO for distinguished service to medical research in the fields of population health and cancer prevention, and as a mentor

Member of the Order of Australia

  • Dr Sanchia K Aranda AM for significant service to community health, particularly to cancer control and nursing
  • Professor Robert C Augusteyn AM for significant service to vision science and eye health research
  • Dr Julie Bernhardt AM for significant service to medical research, and as an advocate for women in science
  • Dr Werner H Bischof AM for significant service to dentistry, and to professional dental organisations
  • Dr David C Burke AM for significant service to medicine, particularly to brain injury rehabilitation, and to professional medical bodies
  • Professor Anne B Chang AM for significant service to paediatric respiratory medicine as a clinician and researcher
  • Dr Stephen T Chen AM for significant service to dentistry, to dental education, and to professional groups
  • Dr Michael J Davies AM for significant service to medicine in the field of anaesthesia, and to professional medical bodies
  • Associate Professor Kate J Drummond AM for significant service to medicine in the field of neuro-oncology, and to community health
  • Professor Mary P Galea AM for significant service to medical education in the field of clinical physiotherapy, and to professional associations
  • Professor Bill P Healy AM for significant service to the community, particularly in the area of forensic mental health, and to education
  • Dr Margaret E Hellard AM for significant service to medicine as an infectious diseases and public health physician and research scientist
  • Dr Adrian D Hibberd AM for significant service to medicine, and to medical research, in the field of renal transplantation
  • Dr Jennifer F Hoy AM for significant service to medicine, and to medical education, in the field of infectious diseases
  • Professor Jennifer E McIntosh AM for significant service to medicine, particularly child developmental psychology
  • Professor Neil A Spike AM for significant service to medical education, particularly to general practitioner standards and training

Medal of the Order of Australia

  • Dr Michael M Borten OAM for service to medicine as a proctologist
  • Dr Michael J Bourke OAM for service to medicine
  • The Late Dr Neil F Bright OAM for service to medical education, and to the community of Albury Wodonga
  • Professor Peter L Dwyer OAM for service to medicine as an obstetrician and gynaecologist
  • Dr Doseena Fergie OAM for service to community health
  • Dr Craig S Hassed OAM for service to medicine
  • Dr Boon H Hong OAM for service to community health
  • Dr Russell C Lain OAM for service to dentistry
  • Ms Fiona J Lindsay OAM for service to the community of Dunolly
  • Dr Stanley J Menzies OAM for service to the communities of South West Victoria
  • Ms Lucy J Thomas OAM for service to youth through anti-bullying initiatives
  • Mrs Diane H Wright OAM for service to community health

It’s wonderful to see so many researchers, educators and clinicians acknowledged in this year’s awards – for the full list of University staff and alumni recognised this year, please see the University’s Alumni webpage.