Queen’s Birthday honours for 10 Flinders alumni

Honoured by the nation: Flinders Convocation Medalist Professor Stephen Buckmann, (Photo courtesy of ANU)

Eight Flinders graduates and two holders of honorary degrees from the University were among those to receive national honours in the Queen’s Birthday list.

Holders of honorary doctorates Dr Rosemary Bryant and Uncle Lewis O’Brien were made Officers of the Order of Australia (AO).

Dr Bryant, who was awarded her doctorate in 2012, was acknowledged for her service to the nursing profession through national and international leadership and for her support of access and equity in health care.

Kaurna elder Uncle Lewis O’Brien, honoured by Flinders in 2011, was cited for his distinguished service to the Indigenous community of South Australia as an elder and educator, and for promoting and protecting Indigenous heritage and culture.

Winner of the 2012 Convocation Medal and a 1979 PhD in Physical Sciences, Professor Stephen Buckmann was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to science in the field of experimental atomic physics as a leading researcher, academic and author.

Mr Vincent Copley, who holds graduate certificates in both archaeology and cultural heritage management from Flinders, received an AM for  significant service to the Indigenous community as an advocate for the improvement of social, legal and economic rights and cultural identity.

Ms Elizabeth Dabars, a 1998 Nursing graduate and currently an Adjunct Associate Professor, received an AM for significant service to medical administration, particularly in nursing and midwifery, and to community and mental health organisations.

Associate Professor Cheryl Stock, a 1970 honours BA graduate, received an AM for her significant service to the performing arts as a choreographer, educator and administrator.

A Medal of the Order of Australian (OAM) went to Mr Freddie Brincat (DipSocSc ‘92) for service to people with a disability in South Australia.

Bachelor of Education graduate (1979) Ms Andrea McGuffog received her OAM for service to the community, particularly early childhood development.

Dr Stephen Nolan, a medical graduate in 1989, was awarded an OAM for for service to international humanitarian and health care organisations, and to medicine.

A Public Service Medals was awarded to Mr Stephen Alexander [Diploma of Applied Science (Developmental Disabilities) 1986] for outstanding public service in the disability and aged care sector.

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