Some of the greatest hearts and minds of Flinders University have been celebrated today in the Australia Day 2018 Honours List.
Exceptional contributions made by a broad range of staff and graduates to all fields of human endeavour have highlighted the calibre of individuals in Flinders’ midst.
One such exemplar is Emeritus Professor Michael Barber (pictured), former Vice-Chancellor of Flinders University, who has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for his distinguished service to higher education administration.
His appointment also recognises his outstanding contribution to the field of mathematical physics, particularly statistical mechanics, as an academic and researcher, and through contributions to science policy reform.
Professor Barber was Vice-Chancellor of Flinders University from 2008-2014, during which time he led the Inspiring Flinders Future strategic plan which set out a significant change agenda for the University and helped position it as a responsive and outward-looking centre of research innovation and business enterprise.
A key plank in this plan was the creation of Flinders at Tonsley at Adelaide’s former Mitsubishi site, which took place under Professor Barber’s stewardship and which is now a premier site for experiential learning, social innovation and commercial enterprise.
Professor Barber also furthered important links with the defence and resource industries during his time at Flinders University and significantly strengthened Flinders’ expertise in science and technology in order to capitalise on South Australia’s industrial transformation and address global challenges like climate change.
In addition to helping the University navigate continual Higher Education reforms and forge new opportunities to work more closely with business and the community, Professor Barber also helped broaden Flinders’ engagement with the Northern Territory.
This was chiefly achieved through the Northern Territory Medical Program and the creation of the four-year, graduate-entry medical degree which focused on socially relevant medicine and enabled students to complete their entire medical degree without having to leave the Territory.
Currently Chair of National Computational Infrastructure Australia, Professor Barber is also a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (International); Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering; and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Additionally, he is Treasurer of the Australian Academy of Science and a valued member of the Flinders University Mathematical Sciences Laboratory Advisory Board.
Professor Barber is also a former Director of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute.
Flinders University staff members who have been recognised in this year’s Australia Day Honours include:
Dr Mukesh Haikerwal AC from Flinders Rural Health South Australia, who was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia for his eminent service to medical governance, administration, and technology, and to medicine, through leadership roles with a range of organisations, to education and the not-for-profit sector, and to the community of western Melbourne.
Ms Karen Glaetzer AM from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, who was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for her significant service to nursing, particularly in the field of palliative care, and to people living with Motor Neurone Disease, and to professional groups. Ms Glaetzer is also a distinguished Flinders University alumna who graduated in 2003 with a Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) and completed a Graduate Certificate in Health in 2000 and a Bachelor of Nursing (Post Registration) in 1993.
Dr Mary Harris AM from the College of Medicine and Public Health, who was also appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for her significant service to community health, specifically to workforce management and administration, to policy reform, and to medical education.
Dr Maria Crotty PSM, Professor of Rehabilitation, Aged and Extended Care, who was awarded a Public Service Medal for her outstanding public service in the rehabilitation sector in South Australia. Dr Crotty is also a member of the proud Flinders University alumni community, having attained her PhD in Medicine in 1995 and her Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education in 2000.
Dr Cindy Hein ASM, Research Fellow in the College of Medicine and Public Health, who was awarded an Ambulance Service Medal for her exceptional contribution to pre-hospital and emergency care research and for her esteemed work as an Extended Care Paramedic and mentor. Dr Hein is also a prominent Flinders University alumna who attained her PhD in Health Sciences in 2009 and completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Ambulance Studies) in 2001.
Flinders University graduates who made the Australia Day 2018 Honours List include:
Mr Maurice Crotti AO (BA 1971), who was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for his distinguished service to business and the food manufacturing sector, to export marketing organisations and economic development programs in South Australia, and to the arts.
Ms Gillian Rolton AM (DipT 1979), deceased, who was posthumously appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for her her significant service to horse sports through roles with a range of national and international equestrian organisations.
Professor Charlotte Francis Champion De Crespigny AM (DipAppSc(Nurs) 1980, BNg(PostReg) 1990, DipPrimHlthCare 1997, PhD(Ng/Midwif) 1999) who was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia for her significant service to nursing, and to nurse education, particularly in the field of drug and alcohol care, and to Indigenous health projects.
Ms Barbara Deed OAM (BScHons 1977, BSc 1976), who was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for her service to the community of South Australia.
Mr Philip Heuzenroeder OAM (BA 1992), who was also awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to community health through music and arts programs.
Mr Glen Woolley OAM (GradCertPubSecMgmt 2002), who was also awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to the Crown, and to the community of Tasmania.
Ms Tina Ward PSM (BAppSc 1992), who was awarded a Public Service Medal for her outstanding public service in the area of disability housing and support in South Australia.
Ms Gail Ward PSM (GCertPubSecMgmt 2011) who was awarded a Public Service Medal for outstanding public service to breast cancer screening for women in Tasmania.
Mr Christopher Howie ASM (GradCertPubSecMgmt 2015), who was awarded an Ambulance Service Medal for his distinguished contribution to the Australian ambulance service.
Ms Sandra Russell ACM (GradCertPubSecMgmt 2009), who was awarded an Australian Corrections Medal for her distinguished service to state civilian correctional services for adults. This is the first year that Australian Corrections Medals have been awarded.