Celebrating our Australia Day awardees


Leaders in medicine, sleep research, Indigenous education, gender equality and service to the public are amongst the Flinders University alumni and staff recognised in the 2021 Australia Day honours.

Four have received the significant honour of Member of the Order of Australia (AM):

• Mrs Anne Gordon Burgess AM, who graduated in 1983 with a Bachelor of Social Work and has been honoured for her significant service to mental health, to gender equality, and to older persons.

• Emeritus Professor Ronald Douglas (Doug) McEvoy AM, honoured for his long standing contribution to medical research, particularly to respiratory and sleep health.

Past Director of the Yunggorendi First Nations Centre at Flinders University Professor Lester Irabinna Rigney has been honoured for his rich and longstanding contribution to Indigenous education


• Professor Lester Irabinna Rigney AM, who graduated with a PhD in 2007 and is also a former Flinders staff member, who is recognised for his significant service to Indigenous education, and to social inclusion research.


• Emeritus Professor Peter John Roberts-Thomson AM, noted for his significant service to medical education, and to immunology.

Flinders Alumna Fiona Marie Thomson OAM, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1974, has been bestowed the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to youth through Guides, and to academic librarianship

Former staff member Dr Hugh Heggie PSM has been honoured with the Public Service Medal (PSM) for outstanding public service to community health in the Northern Territory.

Noted statistician Dr Duncan Taylor has been honoured for his contribution to forensic DNA statistics.

Alumnus Dr Duncan Alexander Taylor PSM – who graduated with a Bachelor of Technology (Forensic & Analytical Chem) in 2001, A Bachelor of Science (Hons) in 2002, a PhD (Biol) in 2007 and a PhD (maths stats) in 2019 – has also received the Public Service Medal (PSM) for his outstanding public service to forensic DNA statistics in South Australia.


Mr Shane Ian Batt AFSM, who achieved a graduated Certificate in Public Sector Management in 2013 has been honoured with the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM).

Alumna Cheryl-Lee Fitzgerald is Executive Manager Emergency Management at Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

 

Ms Cheryl-Lee Fitzgerald ESM, who achieved a graduated Certificate in Public Sector Management in 2014 has been honoured with the Emergency Services Medal (ESM).


Flinders University warmly congratulates all its achievers, whose actions speak to the world and who live true to the University ambition of Making a Difference.

A full list of recipients is available www.gg.gov.au and on the Flinders University website

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