Australia Day honours for graduates and staff

flagA total of 10 Flinders graduates and former and current staff of the University have been recognised for their diverse achievements with the award of Australia Day honours.

Flinders graduate Dr Ian Darnton-Hill AO (DipNut&Diet ’78) was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to the international community, particularly in the areas of public health and nutrition, to disease prevention and health promotion, and as a physician, academic and educator.

Former Supreme Court judge and adjunct lecturer at Flinders, Ms Robyn Layton, received an AO for distinguished service to the law and to the judiciary, particularly through the Supreme Court of South Australia, as an advocate for Indigenous, refugee and children’s rights, and to the community.

Dr Jill Benson, an adjunct lecturer in Health Professional Education In the School of Medicine was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to medicine through contributions in the field of mental health, particularly for refugees and people seeking asylum, and to the Indigenous community in South Australia.

Dr Roderick Boswell, who gained his PhD at Flinders in 1974 and is now based at the ANU, was awarded an AM for service to science in the field of plasma physics as an academic and researcher and through contributions to the international scientific community.

Mrs Diana Hill (MSpedEd ’89), received an AM for service to the international community, particularly through the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, and to youth, health and social welfare organisations.

Professor Alan Reid (PhD(EHLT) ’98, DipEd ’72, BA ’71) received an AM for service to education as an academic and researcher, particularly through contributions to the development of state and national curriculum policy, and to professional associations.

The Rev’d Dr Denis Edwards of the School of Theology received the Medal of Order of Australia (OAM)  for service to the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide, and to theological education, while former Flinders staff member Professor Kevin Cheney , who is now based at the Women’s & Children’s Hospital, received the OAM for service to medicine in the field of haematology.

Public Service Medals for outstanding service were awarded to two recipients of the Graduate Certificate in Public Service Management, Ms Leslie Shirreffs (2000), for environmental conservation and management in Queensland, and Ms Susan Williams (1998) for tsunami reconstruction in Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

Mr Mark Payne, a 1997 graduate of the same course, received the Australian Police Medal.

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