Star alumni on Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Distinguished alumni, staff members, and staunch supporters of Flinders University have been recognised in some of the highest Queen’s Birthday Honours this year.

They include Flinders graduates and alumni awardees – Air Vice Marshal (Dr) Tracy Smart AM and Dr Debra Jackson AM – and a diverse list of 14 other leaders in their fields who were appointed to the national Order of Australia list.

Three other Flinders University graduates received meritorious awards, Public Service Medals, for outstanding service to their sector.

The Order of Australia recognises Australians who have demonstrated outstanding service or exceptional achievement.

The Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) is for distinguished service of a high degree to Australia, or to humanity at large.

Member of the Order of Australia (AM) is for service in a particular locality or field of activity, or to a particular group, and Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service worthy of particular recognition.

Congratulations to the following recipients:


Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)

Dr Debra Jackson AO, PhD(Ng/Midwif) ‘00

For distinguished service to medical education in the field of nursing practice and research as an academic and author.

Flinders University graduate and former staff member


Air Vice Marshal (Dr) Tracy Smart AO, BMBS ‘87

For distinguished service in responsible positions to the Australian Defence Force in the fields of medical and health services.

Flinders graduate


Member of the Order of Australia (AM)

Ms Hannah Dahlen AM, GradCertMid ‘14

For significant service to midwifery, nursing and to medical education.

Flinders graduate


Professor Kevin Davis AM FAIBF, BEc(Hons) ‘71

For significant service to higher education, particularly in financial systems.

Flinders graduate 


Ms Kerry Heysen AM, DLitt ’97, BA(Hons) ‘75

For significant service to the film industry as a producer.

Former council member and graduate


Ms Athena Karanastasis AM, DipAppPsych ’82, BA ‘79

For significant service to the multicultural community of South Australia.



Associate Professor John Litt AM, PhD(Med) ‘07

For significant service to preventative medicine as an influenza specialist, and as a general practitioner.

Graduate, former staff, academic status holder


Mr Peter Martin AM, BEc(Hons) ’80, BEc ‘79

For significant service to multi platform and print media as an economics journalist.



Emeritus Professor Anthony Radford AM, for significant service to medicine, to medical education, and to global health.

Emeritus Professor Anthony Radford AM

For significant service to medicine, to medical education, and to global health.



Dr Lindy Roberts AM, GradCertClinEd ‘09

For significant service to medicine, and to professional organisations



Ms Jennifer Teasdale AM

For significant service to education, and to international relations.

Casual academic, former staff


Professor Brenda Wilson AM, DipAppSc(Nurs) ‘83

For significant service to community health, and to the people of South Australia through a range of roles.

Council Member, graduate, former staff

Flinders University Council Member Professor Brenda Wilson AM.

Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)

Dr Sam Heard OAM

For service to medicine.



Dr David Martin OAM, MSURG ‘07

For service to medicine in the field of orthopaedics.



Ms Margaret Russell OAM, BA(Hons) ’82, BA ‘80

For service to the community through a range of organisations.



Mr Austin Taylor OAM

For service to education, and to community health.

Former council member

Dr Sam Heard OAM, from Flinders NT and medical director of the Regional Training Hub Central Australia.

Public Service Medal

Mrs Catherine Angelkovic, GCertPubSecMgmt ‘12

For outstanding public service to Revenue New South Wales.



Ms Alexandra Reid, BA(Hons) ‘91

For outstanding public service to the arts, culture and education, particularly through delivery of significant improvements to TAFE South Australia.



Dr Olivia Samardzic, PhD(SE), ’96, BSc(Hons) ’90, BSc ‘89

For outstanding public service in the application of science and technology to provide the Australian Defence Force with superior operational capability



Anyone can nominate any Australian for an award in the Order of Australia. If you know someone worthy, nominate them at

Previous Queen’s Birthday Honour List recipients can be found at Flinders University Alumni website.

Nominations are also open for this year’s Flinders University Alumni Awards.


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