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10 June 2024

This article will continue to be updated to include members of the ֱ community named on the King’s Birthday Honours List.

An expert in business and information technology and a leader in Indigenous sustainable development are among members of ֱ community named in the .

ֱ researchers, academics, alumni and philanthropists are among 737 Australians recognised for their service.

Congratulating members of the ֱ community, Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry AC paid tribute to their outstanding contributions.

“I am thrilled to see so many members of our ֱ community celebrated in this year’s Honours List, and being recognised for the impact of their work in Australia and globally,” Professor Terry said.

Industry Fellow, was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the Indigenous community, to the mining industry, and to public administration.

“I am grateful to receive this recognition because it is a sign of acceptance, opportunity, inclusion, hope and healing: nation building,” Ms Elliot said.

“It's been a 30-year commitment to sustainability, focusing on validating the voice and visibility of the most vulnerable.

"Our work and will is not complete and is about intergenerational momentum for positive change and inclusion.”

Former ֱ staff member  was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to tertiary education, to accounting and information system development and to professional associations.

“I am very honoured to have received the award, with so many people making wonderful contributions to our communities," Emeritus Professor Weber said. 

"However, I still don’t have a good answer to the question 'why me?'   

“Awards are usually an outcome of the support an awardee receives throughout their life from many people, and as an academic my supporters have been family, friends, colleagues and students.

"I am most grateful to them all.”

Former Director of the ֱ Neuroimmunology Research Centre and Multiple Sclerosis Research Centre, was also appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), for significant service to medicine, particularly neurology and multiple sclerosis research, and to tertiary education.

"I am delighted and honoured to receive this recognition of my work as a neurologist, teacher and researcher in the field of multiple sclerosis," Emeritus Professor Pender said.

Other members of the extended ֱ community recognised with awards include:

Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)

  • Mr Mark McGowan - for eminent service to the people and Parliament of Western Australia, to public health and education, and to international trade relations.

Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)

  • Ms Felicity Young - for distinguished service to public health, particularly to those living with HIV/AIDS, and to gender equality and human rights.

Member of the Order of Australia (AM)

  • Ms Margaret Allison - for significant service to public administration and to the community.
  • Ms Roslyn Curtis - for significant service to education and to professional associations.
  • Dr John De Groot - for significant service to the law, to tertiary education and to the community.
  • Ms Vanessa Elliott - for significant service to the Indigenous community, to the mining industry and to public administration.
  • Professor Glen Gole - for significant service to ophthalmology, to tertiary education and to professional organisations.
  • Associate Professor Anthony Holley - for significant service to intensive care and emergency medicine.
  • Professor Elizabeth Kendall - for significant service to rehabilitation research, to people with disability and to tertiary education.
  • Ms Linda Kochanski - for significant service to the law, particularly dispute resolution, and to tertiary education.
  • The Honourable Ann Lyons - for significant service to the judiciary, to the law and to the community.
  • Dr Brendan Moore - for significant service to anaesthesiology and to pain medicine.
  • Emeritus Professor Michael Pender - for significant service to medicine, particularly neurology and multiple sclerosis research, and to tertiary education.
  • The Reverend Dr Charles Ringma - for significant service to theology, to the community and to youth.
  • Professor Gregory Scalia - for significant service to cardiology as a clinician, academic and mentor.
  • Professor Andrew Stephen - for significant service to business marketing research and development.
  • Emeritus Professor Ronald Weber - for significant service to tertiary education, to accounting and information system development, and to professional associations.
  • Dr Beres Carmel Woodhead - for significant service to general practice medicine, particularly in board leadership roles, and to the community. 

Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)

  • Dr Belinda Clarke (Hunter) - for service to medicine, particularly pathology.
  • Ms Tania Frazer - for service to music as a soloist and chamber musician.
  • Ms Shauna Hicks - for service to community history.
  • Dr Buuloc Lam - for service to dentistry, and to humanitarian dental care.
  • Dr Janine Philippa O'Keeffe (Porter-Steele) - for service to nursing.
  • Mrs Suzanne Roberts - for service to music, and to secondary education.

Public Service Medal (PSM)

  • Mr James Eynstone-Hinkins - for outstanding public service through his substantial contribution to the Australian Government in the field of data and statistics in public health, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Mr Jon Douglas - for outstanding public service to traffic engineering in Queensland.
  • Mr Gary McCahon - for outstanding public service to corrective services in New South Wales and Queensland.

Conspicuous Service Medal (CSM)

  • Dr Dayton McCarthy - for outstanding achievement as the Commanding Officer of 9th Battalion, Royal Queensland Regiment and Commanding Officer of the 2nd Division’s Reinforcing Battle Group.

Information on the awardees is available on the Governor-General’s .

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