Congratulations to the alumni, current and former La Trobe staff who were recognised with a 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honour.
This year, two of our Distinguished Alumni Award recipients were recognised for their contribution to Australian society.
A very special congratulations to La Trobe alumna and Founding Chair of the Bendigo Tertiary Education Anniversary Foundation, Dr Penny Davies AM, who was recognised as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to higher education, and to community health.
Dr Davies has qualifications in Health, Education and Arts from La Trobe University. She was City of Greater Bendigo Citizen of the Year in 2015, in recognition of her contribution to the university, in an honorary capacity, through assistance to students; together with more than 40 years of voluntary support for people with chronic illnesses in Bendigo and beyond.
Another special congratulations goes to La Trobe alumnus, Dr Geoff Raby AO, who was recognised as an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to Australia-China relations through senior diplomatic roles, and to multilateral trade policy development.
Dr Raby is the Chair and CEO of Geoff Raby & Associates and is the former Australian Ambassador to China.
We would like to recognise and congratulate:
Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)
Dr Megan-Jane Johnstone AO: PhD in Legal Studies, 1992
For distinguished service to medical education in the field of nursing and health care ethics, to patients' rights, and to professional standards.
Dr Geoff Raby AO: Bachelor of Economics (Hons), 1977; Master of Economics, 1981; PhD in Economics, 1991
For distinguished service to Australia-China relations through senior diplomatic roles, and to multilateral trade policy development.
Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
Professor Margaret Abernethy AM: Bachelor of Economics (Hons), 1983; PhD in Economics, 1988
For significant service to higher education, accounting research, and to student access and equity.
Dr Penny Davies AM: Graduate Diploma of Health Science (Community Health), 1994; Master of Health Science, Public Health, 2000; PhD in History, 2014
For significant service to higher education, and to community health.
Professor Gilah Leder AM: Emeritus Professor
For significant service to higher education, and to the Jewish community of Victoria.
Dr Dianne Winkler AM: Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy), 1989; Graduate Diploma in Neurosciences, 1994; Masters of Applied Science, Occupational Therapy, 2003
For significant service to people with a disability.
Mr David Buttner AM: Bachelor of Economics, 1980
For significant service to the automotive manufacturing sector.
Ms Kim Koop AM: Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy), 1980
For significant service to social welfare, particularly through disability and mental health advocacy.
Dr James Lucas AM: Bachelor of Science, 1971
For significant service to paediatric dentistry, and to professional organisations.
Dr Rosalind McMillan AM: Diploma in Education, 1974; Masters in Education, 1991
For significant service to music education in Victoria.
Dr Helen Moore AM: Former staff
For significant service to English language education, and to community music.
Associate Professor Michael Murray AM: Staff
For significant service to geriatric medicine as a clinician and educator.
Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)
Dr Michael Biggs OAM: MBA, 2018
For service to medicine as a neurosurgeon.
Mr Graeme Budd OAM: Bendigo Teachers College, 1959
For service to the community through a range of organisations.
Dr Janice Davies OAM: Bachelor of Science (Hons), 1972
For service to community health.
Mrs Elizabeth Giffard OAM: Bachelor of Nursing, 1996; Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Nursing, 1998
For service to nursing.
Dr Terry Grigg OAM: PhD in History, 1995
For service to community health.
Mr James Lerk OAM: Bendigo School of Mines
For service to history, and to the community of Bendigo.
Dr Deborah Towns OAM: Bachelor of Arts, 1974; Bachelor of Education, 1976; PhD in History, 2010
For service to education, and to gender equity.
Mr Graeme Wall OAM: Bachelor of Education, 1988
For service to the performing arts, particularly to opera.
Public Service Medal (PSM)
Dr Rebecca Kogios PSM: Bachelor of Laws, 2009
For outstanding public service to forensic science and public administration in support of community safety in Victoria.
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