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Victorian doctors shine in Australia Day awards

Professor Samuel Berkovic AM was appointed a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AC) for “eminent service to biomedical research in the field of epilepsy genetics as a leading academic and clinician, to the study of neurology on a national and international level, and as an ambassador for Australian medical science education.”

Professor Edward Byrne AO was appointed a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AC) for “eminent service to tertiary education, particularly through leadership and governance roles with Monash University, to biomedical teaching and research, as a scientist and academic mentor, and as a contributor to improved global health”.

Dr Harry Hemley was appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) for “significant service to medicine through delivering health care to the homeless, and as a general practitioner”. Dr Hemley was president of AMA Victoria from 2009–12.

Professor John Olver was appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) for “significant service to medicine, particularly the treatment and rehabilitation of acquired brain injuries”. Professor Olver was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001.

Dr Stewart Hart was appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) for “significant service to medicine as a clinician, particularly in the area of breast cancer research, and to community health organisations”.

Associate Professor Richard King
was appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) for “significant service to medicine as a clinician, educator and administrator, particularly in the areas of health policy development”. Professor King is former Chair of Council at AMA Victoria.

Professor Rob Moodie was appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) for “significant service to medicine through HIV/AIDS research, and through leadership roles in population health and disease prevention programs”. Professor Moodie has been Professor of Public Health at the Melbourne School of Population at The University of Melbourne since 2012.

Dr Graham Cato from Balnarring was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division for “service to community health and to surf lifesaving”. Dr Cato has been an AMA member for 38 years.

Associate Professor Geoffrey Quail was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division for service to medicine “particularly through dentistry”. Professor Quail was head of dental and maxillofacial surgery at the Monash Medical Centre from 1981 to 2011.

Associate Professor Bruce Waxman was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for “service to medicine as an administrator, educator and clinician”. Professor Waxman has been a surgeon at Monash Health since 1987 and a Senior Examiner on the Australian Medical Council since 1995.

Dr Belinda Jane Brown was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for “service to medicine in the field of breast cancer treatment”. Dr Brown established a breast cancer service in the Mornington Peninsula in 1992.

Dr James Brown was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for “service to medical education and to the community”. Dr Brown has been practising in the Trafalgar area since 1988. He was GPET National Medical Educator of the Year in 2009, and also won the Victorian Rural Doctors Award in 2009.

Associate Professor James King was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for “service to medicine, particularly in the field of perinatal epidemiology”. Professor King has made contributions to obstetrics and gynaecology for more than 30 years.

Dr Eugenie Tuck OAM was awarded the Public Service Medal (PSM) for “outstanding public service in the area of health care in correctional services”. Dr Tuck spent 26 years of her 47-year medical career as a medical practitioner working in correctional health care providing care to prisoners.

Dr Rosemary Lester, who was appointed Victoria’s Chief Health Officer in 2012 and is the well-known Editor-in-Chief of the Better Health Channel, was awarded the Public Service Medal (PSM) for “outstanding public service in public health leadership, particularly on communicable diseases and immunisation”. Dr Lester is a national expert on communicable diseases.

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