University members recognised in Queen's Birthday 2018 Honours

Tuesday, 12 June 2018


University of Newcastle Conjoint Fellow Dr Frederic Fryer and Reverend Gregory Kerr, two former staff and twelve alumni have been named in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list, recognising their outstanding community contributions.

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Dr Frederic Fryer received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to dentistry. Dr Fryer is a Conjoint Fellow within the University’s Faculty of Health and Medicine.

Reverend Gregory Kerr received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to youth through a range of roles. Reverend Kerr is Coordinator, Chaplaincy Centre within Student Central and has provided spiritual support and guidance to students and staff since 2012. Reverened Kerr's previous roles include service with the NSW Army Cadet Brigade along with counselling and principal positions at schools across the Hunter, New South Wales, Papua New Guinea and California.

Dr Bernie Curran received the honour of Member (AM) of the Order of Australia for significant service to tertiary education, particularly through higher learning opportunities for young people in rural areas.

Retired from the University since January 2015, Dr Curran remains a renowned alumnus, staff member and supporter who has contributed to the University community for more than 40 years.

Dr Curran graduated with first class honours, followed by a PhD in Classics in 1972, while also playing rugby for the Uni Firsts and Newcastle Representative sides. His contribution on and off the field earnt him the Rugby Blue in 1966 and the University’s Seahorses’ rugby field is named after him.

After nine years of study at the University of Newcastle, Dr Curran returned in 1976 and commenced his career as an academic in Classics where he developed his reputation as an inspirational mentor to countless students.

He went on to undertake various leadership roles, including the Foundation Warden of Evatt House and Executive Officer of the University of Newcastle’s Foundation.

Dr Kim Ostinga received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to medicine, particularly to orthopaedics. Dr Ostinga was a Conjoint Clinical Lecturer in Orthopaedics from 2010 to 2014 and is Co-Founder of the Hunter New England Bone Bank.

Mr James Arneman received the Ambulance Service Medal for his distinguished service carried out in Murrumbateman, NSW.

Mr Gregory Blaze received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to civil engineering. Before becoming Director of Blaze Civil in 2013, Mr Blaze applied his engineering expertise across East Africa and Somalia, self-publishing a book in 2014 about his time working in Mogadishu. He graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering in 1986 and has been working to revitalise the Maitland central business district for the past five years.

Ms Frances Corner received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her service to the community of Port Stephens. Ms Corner has been the coordinator of Tilligerry Clean Up Australia for over 30 years and is Chair of Tilligerry Tidy Towns, Chair of Tilligerry Landcare Group and President of Tilligerry Habitat Association.

Mr Ian Wheatley received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to pharmaceutical science. Mr Wheatley completed a Bachelor of Science in 1960.

Ms Elizabeth Davies received the honour of Member (AM) of the Order of Australia for significant service to the community through leadership and advisory roles with a range of social welfare organisations.

Ms Davies completed a Bachelor of Arts in 1975 and will retire as Chief Executive Officer for White Ribbon Australia next month, following seven years of continuous service to the organisation.

Ms Rebecca Davies received the honour of Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the community and to medical research, particularly in the areas of juvenile diabetes and heart health.

Colonel Kahlil Fegan received a Commendation for Distinguished Service in the Australian Army for duties in warlike operations in his role as Director of Plans in Combined Joint Force Land Component Command – Iraq, as part of Operation Inherent Resolve from July 2016 to April 2017.

Dr Frances Gentle received the honour of Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to people who are blind or have low vision, particularly in the area of special education and to policy development and practice on inclusiveness and standards.

Completing a Master of Special Education (Sensory Disability) (Honours) in 2006 and a Doctor of Philosophy (Education) in 2012, Dr Gentle has worked in the education and disability fields for almost 30 years and is currently teaching and researching in vision impairment at the RIDBC Renwick Centre, Sydney.

Mr Graham Hudson received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to cricket and to the Hunter community. Currently President of Hunter Valley Cricket Council, Mr Hudson completed a Bachelor of Science in 1975 and has been involved in numerous associations across Gresford, Dungog and the Hunter Valley for more than 40 years.

Mr Scott Levi received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the broadcast media industry and to the community. Mr Levi completed a Bachelor of Arts and currently works for ABC radio on the Central Coast.

Mr Rodney Wangman received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to local government and to the community of Albury Wodonga. Mr Wangman served as the Mayor of Wodonga between 2006-2008 and 2013-2015.

Mrs Juliana Waugh received the honour of Member (AM) of the Order of Australia for significant service to the community through advocacy roles to improve the safety and education for people who interact and work with horses.

Mrs Waugh has provided input to national guidelines and state code of practice on how to safely interact with horses. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in 1984.

View the full list of Queen’s Birthday 2018 Honours recipients.