University of Newcastle alumni, academics and affiliates have been recognised for their remarkable work in the Queen’s Birthday 2017 Honours

UON leaders recognised in the Queen’s Birthday 2017 Honours

Tuesday, 13 June 2017


University of Newcastle (UON) alumni, academics and affiliates have been recognised for their outstanding work in the Queen’s Birthday 2017 Honours.

AM medal

Dr Cathy Regan received the honour of Member (AM) of the Order of Australia for significant service to medicine in the field of general practice training and education, and to the community of the Hunter.

Since 1995, Dr Regan has worked as a Senior Lecturer within the Faculty of Health and Medicine at UON. She has also worked as a General Practitioner within the Newcastle/Hunter Region since 1985.

Dr Regan completed a Doctor of Philosophy (Community Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology) in 2007 and a Bachelor of Medicine in 1982.

Emeritus Professor Neil Rees received the honour of Member (AM) of the Order of Australia for significant service to the law and to education as an academic, to legal reform, and to mental health and professional organisations.

An alumni affiliate, Emeritus Professor Rees is the Founding Dean and Chair of Law within the Faculty of Law at UON, was a Professor of Law between 2000 and 2007 and has been an Emeritus Professor of Law since 2007.

Mr Paul Heather received the honour of Member (AM) of the Order of Australia for significant service to the building and construction industry through leadership of professional bodies, and to industry based education.

Mr Heather completed a Master of Project Management for the Built Environment in 2014 and a Graduate Certificate in Project Management Built Environment in 2012.

Dr Paul Byleveld received a Public Service Medal (PSM) for outstanding public service to the development of improved water quality and public health in New South Wales.

Dr Byleveld has worked energetically to champion policy and regulatory reform, promote drinking water safety in NSW, and provided frequent out of hours crisis management. His dedication to public service is exemplified by his deployment to international crisis areas with the Australian Government and the Red Cross.

Dr Byleveld completed a Doctor of Philosophy in Nutrition and Dietetics.

Dr John Kramer received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to medicine as a general practitioner in regional areas. Dr Kramer has been a Conjoint Lecturer with UON’s Faculty of Health and Medicine since 2002.

Emeritus Professor John Marley received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to medical education. Emeritus Professor Marley was the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Health Sciences at UON for five years and remains a Conjoint Professor with UON’s Faculty of Health and Medicine.

Mr Aldis Birzulis received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the Latvian community of New South Wales. Mr Birzulis completed a Bachelor of Engineering in 1959.

Mr Robert Findley received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the community. Mr Findley completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) in 1968.

Dr Dianne Firth received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to landscape architecture, and to education. Dr Firth completed a Diploma in Education in 1967 and a Bachelor of Science in 1966.

Ms Dorothy Hennessy received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to vocational education and training, and to the community of the Illawarra. Ms Hennessy completed a Diploma in Teaching in 1981.

Mrs Myrle Hunter received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the community as an author and historian. Mrs Hunter completed a Master of Arts in 1996 and has written over 20 books and publications.

Mr Alfred Reichardt received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to music, and to the community. Mr Reichardt completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) in 1959.

Mr Ian Robilliard received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to sport as an administrator, coach and competitor. Mr Robilliard completed a Bachelor of Education in 1985.

See the full list of Queen’s Birthday 2017 Honours recipients here