Honours for staff and graduates

Flinders graduate Air Commodore Tracy Smart, who has been named a Member of the Order of Australia, in Baghdad in 2004
Flinders graduate Air Commodore Tracy Smart, who has been named a Member of the Order of Australia, in Baghdad in 2004

The Queen’s Birthday 2012 Honours List, announced last Monday by the Governor-General, included a total of 11 graduates and current and former staff of Flinders University.

Dr Bob Sharrad, academic staff member in the School of Biological Sciences, was made a Member of the Order of Australia for service to the environment through leadership of community conservation organisations, particularly the Nature Foundation of South Australia, and through science education and ecological field studies.

Associate Professor Libby Kalucy, who retired from Flinders in June 2010, was recognised with the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to community health, and to the development of professional standards.

Flinders graduate (MA(SocSc)(Res) ’73), former Flinders staff member, Professor Graeme Hugo AO, was made a Companion of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to population research, particularly the study of international migration, population geography and mobility, and through leadership roles with national and international organisations. He is now Director of the Department of Geographical and Environment Studies at the University of Adelaide.

The same honour was bestowed upon Professor Nicholas Saunders AO, also a former member of the University staff, for distinguished service to medicine and to higher education through administration and clinical leadership roles, and as a significant contributor to national academic and professional organisations.

For service to cardiovascular medicine as a clinician, researcher, academic and mentor, and to the community through contributions to medical foundations and charities, Professor Malcolm West was made a Member of the Order of Australia. He is Mayne Professor of Medicine at The University of Queensland and a former Flinders staff member.

Dr Ludomyr Mykyta, also a former staff member, was made a Member of the Order of Australia for service to geriatric medicine through care of the aged, education of students, and leadership roles with professional and advisory organisations.

Flinders graduates to become a Member of the Order of Australia are:

  • Dr Denis Binnion (PhD(SocSc) ’75), for service to adult and community education as a leader in curriculum development, particularly in the areas of integration and access as well as executive roles in professional organisations
  • Mrs Elizabeth English (DipAppSc(ComHlthNg) ’82, BNg ’91), for service to nursing, particularly in the field of stomal therapy clinical practice and education, and through executive roles with national and international associations
  • Mr Graham Inns (MCom(Res) ’92), for service to business and commerce, particularly through the Australian Institute of Management, to local government, and to the community
  • Dr David Plowman (PhD(SocSc) ’87), Winthrop Professor in Management and Organisations at the University of Western Australia, for service to the community through support for child migrants, as the founding Chair of Child Migrants of Malta, and to higher education
  • Air Commodore Tracy Smart (BM,BS ’87), for exceptional performance of duty as a medical officer in the Royal Australian Air Force.
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