Flinders University staff and alumni have once again been recognised for their major contribution to Australian society in this year’s Australia Day awards and honours.
Professor Bogda Koczwara, a medical oncologist and a senior staff specialist at the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer (FCIC), was made a member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her significant service to medical oncology through clinical practice, education and cancer research, and through a range of professional organisations.
Professor Koczwara’s award means FCIC staff were recognised two years in a row, following similar recognition last year for Professor Graeme Young, who also received an AM.
Leonie Clyne, a Flinders University graduate (BA, Psych), Council Member, and Managing Director of Angus Clyne Australia, was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her service to tertiary and vocational education, and to business.
Another OAM went to Flinders graduate Effy Kleanthi (MSW ’05, BSocAdmin ’83, BA ’81), in recognition of her work with the UN’s Development Fund for Women as a social worker and as a Norwood, Payneham & St Peters councillor.
Glen Patten (BSc (Hons) ’77, BSc ’76), also received an OAM for his service to the surf lifesaving movement and nutritional science.
Mr Patten has been a patrolling member for 35 years, a patrol captain for 10 years, and has given more than 1,300 hours of service to surf lifesaving in South Australia.
A Public Service Medal (PSM) went to Margaret Carmody (MDisSt ’02, BA (Hons) ’77, BA ’73), for her outstanding contributions to improving the lives of people with permanent and significant disability, and her longstanding and distinguished service to public administration in the area of social services.
Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) Awards went to Emeritus Professor Kerry Cox, from the School of Biological Sciences, for his distinguished service to tertiary education and university administration; and to Professor Bill Spurr, from the Department of Tourism, for his distinguished service to tourism, education, the arts, sport and the community of South Australia.
Former Flinders staff member Dr David Hilliard received a Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to education through the study of the history of religion.