Academic and clinician Professor Douglas Henderson is among nine staff, former staff and alumni from Flinders to be recognised in the Queen’s Birthday honours list.
Currently Professor of Pathology and former head of the Department of Histopathology at Flinders from 1994 to 2005, Professor Henderson was awarded an AO (Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia) for his service to medicine, particularly anatomical pathology, as a clinician and diagnostician, and to education as an academic and author in the field of asbestos-related diseases.
Also receiving an AO was Flinders graduate Dr Lynette Roberts [BA(Hons) ’83, PhD(SocSc) ’90], who works in the Population Health Strategy Unit of the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing. She was cited for her distinguished service to community health through executive and governmental advisory roles in a range of public outreach and education initiatives aimed at improving cardiovascular wellbeing.
Professor Karen Simmer (GradCertTertEd ’98), currently Co-Director of the Centre For Neonatal Research and Education at the University of Western Australia, received an AO for distinguished service to medicine in the field of paediatrics, particularly neonatal and perinatal nutrition, to medical education as an academic, researcher and clinician, and to the community.
A Member of the Order of Australia (AM) was awarded toMs Margaret Springgay (MHlthServMgmt ’96) for significant service to community health, particularly through leadership and advocacy roles in the area of mental health services.
Ms Denise-Marie Schumann [BA(Hons) ’76] received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the community through cultural heritage preservation.
A Public Service Medal was awarded to Mr Philip Fagan-Schmidt (MPubPol ’97) for outstanding public service in the area of social housing policy and practice, and an Ambulance Service Medal was awarded to Mr Terry Whales (GCertPubSecMgmt ’11).
Former Flinders staff member Professor Allan Cripps, now Pro-Vice Chancellor (Health) at Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus, received an AO for distinguished service to tertiary education as a senior administrator, and to public health as a leading immunologist, academic and researcher in the area of mucosal immunisation.
Another former Flinders staff member, Ms Monica Oliphant, was awarded an Order of Australia for her service to the renewable energy sector.