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Cate Swannell
Med J Aust || doi: 10.5694/mja16.1502C1
Published online: 15 February 2016

From small-town general practitioners to World Health Organization directors, Australian medical professionals led the way in the Australia Day Honours list.

EMERITUS Professor Robert Ouvrier leads a pack of impressive medical professionals named in the Australia Day Honours list for 2016.

Professor Ouvrier, who is Foundation Advisor of the Institute for Neuroscience and Muscle Research at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in Sydney, adds the Companion in General Division of the Order of Australia (AC) to a long list of awards, including the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Marite (1996) and the Chevalier de L’Ordre de la Legion d’Honneur (2001) from the Republic of France, and the 75th Anniversary Award for significant contribution to the field of health from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (2014).

Honoured for “eminent service to medicine, particularly to the discipline of paediatric neurology, through pioneering efforts in neuromuscular research, to a range of medical professional organisations at the national and international level, and as an author and educator”, Professor Ouvrier is a past president of the International Child Neurology Association.

In a group that included tennis legend Rod Laver MBE, philanthropist Dr Susan Alberti AO, and former South Australian premier Michael Rann, Professor Ouvrier was the only medical professional to be awarded an AC.

Officer in the General Division (AO)

Dr Graeme Clugston

Medical Director of the Lalgadh Leprosy Hospital, in Kathmandhu, Nepal — “For distinguished service to medicine, and to the international community of Nepal, particularly to people with leprosy, and to global health and nutrition.” Dr Clugston has been director of the World Health Organization’s Global Nutrition Program (Division of Health and Promotion); director of WHO’s Food and Nutrition Program; and WHO’s regional nutrition advisor for South-East Asia.

Professor David Copolov OAM

Monash University, Melbourne — “For distinguished service to tertiary education administration, to medicine in the field of psychiatry, to mental health research, and to the community.” Professor Copolov has been Pro Vice-Chancellor (Major Campuses and Student Engagement) of Monash University since 2009; as well as Governor and Honorary Professorial Fellow of the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health since 2012.

Professor Minas Coroneo

Sydney — “For distinguished service to ophthalmology, to the research and development of innovative surgical technologies and devices, and to eye health in regional and Indigenous communities.” Professor Coroneo has been chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Prince of Wales Hospital and Sydney Children’s Hospital since 1992; and director of the Outback Eye Service since 1994.

Emeritus Professor Douglas Joshua AM

Sydney — “For distinguished service to medicine, and to medical education, as an haematologist and academic, to myeloma research, and to public health organisations.” Professor Joshua has been emeritus professor of haematology at the University of Sydney since 2014, and was director of the Institute of Haematology at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital from 1995 to 2014.

Professor Katherine Leslie

Royal Melbourne Hospital — “For distinguished service to medicine in the field of anaesthesia and pain management as a clinician and researcher, to higher education, and to professional medical groups.” Professor Leslie has been head of Research at the Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Management at RMH since 2003, and is a former president of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. She has been director of the Australian Medical Council since 2013.

Professor Finlay Macrae

Royal Melbourne Hospital — “For distinguished service to medicine in the field of gastroenterology and genomic disorders as a clinician and academic, and to human health through the Human Variome Project.” Professor Macrae has been the head of Colorectal Medicine and Genetics at RMH since 2002 and is Regional Scientific Director of the Human Variome Project International. He is also Principal Fellow in the University of Melbourne’s Department of Medicine.

The Honourable Dr Brendan Nelson

Canberra — “For distinguished service to the Parliament of Australia, to the community, to the advancement of Australia’s international relations, and to major cultural institutions.” Dr Nelson was president of the Australian Medical Association (1993–1995), is a former Member of the Parliament of Australia, Ambassador to NATO, and has been Director of the Australian War Memorial since 2012.

Professor Robyn O’Hehir

Melbourne — “For distinguished service to clinical immunology and respiratory medicine as an academic and clinician, to tertiary education, and to specialist health and medical organisations.” Professor O’Hehir has been head of the Department of Allergy, Clinical Immunology and Respiratory Medicine at Monash University since 2003, and has been Director of the Department of Allergy, Immunology Respiratory Medicine at the Alfred Hospital since 2003.

Professor Eleanor Ozanne-Smith

Melbourne — “For distinguished service to public health, particularly in the area of accident and injury prevention, to forensic medicine, and to higher education as an academic.” Professor Ozanne-Smith was director of the Victorian Injury Surveillance System from 1990–1997, and was Head of WHO’s Collaborating Centre for Violence, Injuries and Disabilities from 2005–2009. She was director of Kidsafe Australia from 1996 to 2002.

Professor Peter Sly

Brisbane — “For distinguished service to medical research and education in the area of paediatric respiratory medicine, as an academic, author, and clinician, and to professional organisations.” Professor Sly has been Deputy Director of the Queensland Children’s Medical Research Institute at the University of Queensland since 2010 and has consulted in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine at Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane, since 2010.

Member in the General Division (AM)

Mr Ian Carlisle

Melbourne — “For significant service to medicine in the field of faciomaxillary and reconstructive surgery, to professional organisations, and to the international community.”

Dr Barry Catchlove

Como — “For significant service to medical administration, particularly health care systems, to international business cooperation, and to education.”

Dr Jay Chandra

“For significant service to medicine in the field of ophthalmology as a clinician, and to the international community through eye care programs.”

Associate Professor David Cherry

Adelaide — “For significant service to golf through executive roles, and to pain management medicine as an academic and researcher.”

Dr Timothy Cooper

Perth — “For significant service to medicine in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery as a clinician, and to professional medical associations.”

Dr Vlasis Efstathis OAM RFD

Flinders View, Qld — “For significant service to community health through leadership roles with a range of organisations, and to medicine as a practitioner.”

Professor Jeffrey Flack

Castle Hill, NSW — “For significant service to medicine in the field of endocrinology as a clinician, and to diabetes research, management and education.”

Dr Peter Ford

Melbourne — “For significant service to medicine and to professional medical organisations, to health care delivery for the aged, and to the community.”

Professor Mark Frydenberg

Melbourne — “For significant service to medicine as a clinician, educator and author in the specialty of urology, and to professional medical organisations.”

Dr Michael Gardner

Brisbane — “For significant service to cardio-thoracic medicine as a surgeon and teacher in Australia and overseas, and to professional medical groups.”

Dr Myrle Gray

Tasmania — “For significant service to rural medicine in Tasmania, to professional medical associations, as a general practitioner, and to the community.”

Dr Kenneth Mackey

Lockhart, NSW — “For significant service to rural and remote medicine through leadership roles of professional medical organisations, and to general practice.”

Dr Paul Mara

Gundagai, NSW — “For significant service to medicine, particularly through the recruitment and retention of medical practitioners in rural and remote areas.”

Dr Oswald Petrucco RFD

Burnside, SA — “For significant service to medicine and education in the field of obstetrics, human reproduction, and child health, and to professional groups.”

Dr Peter Pratten

Mosman Park, WA — “For significant service to medicine, particularly in the field of radiology as a practitioner, to education, and to professional bodies.”

Dr Lyon Robinson

NSW — “For significant service to medicine, particularly as a pioneer in the field of ophthalmic surgery.”

Professor Ego Seeman

Department of Endocrinology, Repatriation Campus, Heidelberg, Vic — “For significant service to medicine, as a researcher in the fields of osteoporosis and endocrinology, and as a clinician and academic.”

Dr Brian Spain

Nakara, NT — “For significant service to medicine in the discipline of anaesthesia, as a clinician, to healthcare standards, and to professional medical bodies.”

Dr Roderic Sutherland

Natimuk, Vic — “For significant service to medicine as a general practitioner, and to the community of Natimuk.”

Dr John Vorrath

Drysdale, Vic — “For significant service to medicine as an otolaryngologist, and through the invention and development of specialist surgical instruments.”

Associate Professor David Watson

East Perth, WA — “For significant service to medicine, and to medical education, to professional organisations, and to the community.”

Associate Professor Julian White

Stirling, SA — “For significant service to medicine, particularly in the field of toxinology, through clinical and leadership roles, and to professional groups.”

Associate Professor Michael Woodward

Rosanna, Vic — “For significant service to medicine, particularly aged care, geriatric medical research, and Alzheimers disease, as an author, and to professional groups.”

Medal in the General Division (OAM)

Dr Graeme Bertuch

Ararat, Vic — “For service to medicine, and to the community.”

Mr John Cunningham

Richmond, Vic — “For service to medicine, and to the promotion of immunisation.”

Professor James Denham

Tingira Heights, NSW — “For service to medicine, and to medical research.”

Dr Jennifer Farnden

Myponga, SA — “For service to people with an acquired brain injury, and their families.”

Dr Peter Greenberg

Royal Melbourne Hospital — “For service to medicine, and to population health.”

Dr Anthony Harrington

Woombye, Qld — “For service to medicine, and to the community of the Sunshine Coast.”

Dr Susan Jenkins

Iluka, WA — “For service to medicine, particularly in the field of pulmonary rehabilitation.”

Dr Maureen McCluskey

Calvary Retirement Community, Bruce, ACT — “For service to medicine and to aged care.”

Dr Jeffrey Shapiro

Caulfield South, Vic — “For service to medicine as a general practitioner, and to the community.”

Adjunct Associate Professor Rashmi Sharma

Isabella Plains Medical Centre, Isabella Plains, ACT — “For service to medicine, and to professional organisations.”

Dr John Tucker

Drysdale, Vic — “For service to medicine, particularly anaesthetics, to the blueberry industry, and to the community.”

Dr Richard Waugh

RPA Hospital, Sydney — “For service to radiology as a practitioner and educator.”

Dr Edward Weaver

Nambour, Qld — “For service to medicine, and to medical education.”

  • Cate Swannell


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