La Trobe celebrates 2019 Australia Day Award recipients

Congratulations to all the La Trobe alumni, current and former staff members who were recognised with an Australia Day Award this year.

Congratulations to all the La Trobe alumni, current and former staff members who were recognised with an Australia Day Award this year.

Our very own Chancellor, Professor Richard Larkins AO, was recognised as a Companion of the Order of Australia in recognition of his eminent service to medicine and medical research, to education through academic leadership, to public health care, and to the community.

Professor Larkins said he was delighted to be awarded an AC in this year’s list.

“I have been very fortunate to have worked with outstanding people throughout my career and I feel that this award is as much to acknowledge their efforts and achievements as it is to acknowledge mine. I have also had the support of a remarkable family and I particularly acknowledge my wife Caroline who has played a vital role in everything I have achieved,” Professor Larkins said.

Past La Trobe Young Alumni Achiever Award recipient Stephanie Woollard has also been recognised. Ms Woollard received a Medal for the Order of Australia for service to the international community through humanitarian aid. Stephanie is the founder of Seven Women, an organisation that empowers marginalised women in Nepal through education and employment opportunities.

Special congratulation also goes to Olivia Newton-John, who was recognised as a Companion of the Order of Australia for eminent service to community health, particularly for people living with cancer, through support for medical research, and as a songwriter and performer.

Ms Newton-John was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate from La Trobe in recognition of her significant and ongoing support of cancer research and holistic health, as well as her achievements in the entertainment industry.

Congratulations again to all those who were recognised in the 2019 Australia Day Awards.

We would like to recognise and congratulate:

Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)

Ms Rhonda Galbally AC: Doctor of Science (honoris causa) 1998For eminent service to the advancement of social equity, particularly to the health and welfare of people with a disability, and to the community

Professor Richard Larkins AC: Chancellor, La Trobe University

For eminent service to medicine and medical research, to education through academic leadership, to public health care, and to the community

Ms Olivia Newton-John AC: Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) 2018

For eminent service to community health, particularly for people living with cancer, through support for medical research, and as a songwriter and performer

Australian Police Medal (APM)

Mr Peter Lardner APM: Bachelor of Business 2002

Member of the Order of Australia (AM)

Dr Sanchia Aranda AM: PhD Health Science 1998

For significant service to community health, particularly to cancer control and nursing

Dr Julie-Ann Bernhardt AM: Bachelor of Applied Science (Physio) 1985, PhD Health Science 1998

For significant service to medical research, and as an advocate for women in science

Dr Werner Bischof AM: La Trobe University Staff Member

For significant service to dentistry, and to professional dental organisations

Professor Mary Galea AM: Graduate Diploma (Neuro) 1985 (Lincoln Institute)

For significant service to medical education in the field of clinical physiotherapy, and to professional associations

Professor Jennifer McIntosh AM: La Trobe University Staff Member

For significant service to medicine, particularly child developmental psychology

Professor Karen Quinlan AM: La Trobe University Staff Member

For significant service to the visual arts as an administrator and gallery curator, and to higher education

Professor Lynette Russell AM: Bachelor of Arts 1988, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) 1991

For significant service to higher education, particularly indigenous history, and to professional organisations

Mr Geoffrey Todd AM: Diploma of Fine Art 1982

For significant service to the visual arts as an artist and sculptor

Dr Patricia Woolley AM: La Trobe University Staff Member

For significant service to the environment through the conservation of Australian dasyurid marsupials

Brigadier Scott Benbow AM: Bachelor of Science 1989

For exceptional service in the field of Rotary Wing Aviation Capability Management

Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)

Mr Robert Bender OAM: Graduate Diploma (Humanities) 1995

For service to conservation and the environment, and to the community

Ms Manar Eltchelebi OAM: Bachelor of Arts 1989, Diploma of Education 1990

For service to the Islamic community of Australia

Dr Doseena Fergie OAM: Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Nursing2000, Master of Clinical Nursing 2003

For service to community health

Mrs Sally Garratt OAM: Doctor of Nursing (honoris causa) 2004

For service to nursing    

Mr Haileluel Gebre-Selassie OAM: Master of Social Work 2000

For service to the African community of Victoria

Ms Carmel Krogh OAM: MBA 2007

For service to civil engineering    

Ms Fiona Lindsay OAM: Bachelor of Arts 1970

For service to the community of Dunolly

Mr Brendon Smith OAM: Bachelor of Arts 1976, Bachelor of Education 1979, Masters of Education 1991

For service to the community

Mr Mark Squirrell OAM: Bachelor of Business 1996

For service to the international community through humanitarian aid      

Dr Jacqueline Watts OAM:
Bachelor of Arts 1984

For service to local government, and to the community of Melbourne      

Ms Stephanie Woollard  OAM: Bachelor of International Development 2011

For service to the international community through humanitarian aid      

Mrs Diane Wright OAM: Master of Counselling and Human Services 2002

For service to community health

Public Service Medal (PSM)

Mrs Marion Guppy PSM: Bachelor of Arts 1976, Diploma of Education 1977

For outstanding public service to the education sector in the Northern Territory

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