The University of Newcastle, Australia

2020 Australia Day Honours

Friday, 31 January 2020

The University is incredibly proud to acknowledge the contributions of its esteemed affiliates in the 2020 Australia Day Honours.

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Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alex Zelinsky AO, congratulated all recipients, adding that the recognition of extraordinary Australians was of particular importance this year.

“This year’s Australia Day Honours are a fantastic acknowledgement of the efforts of our outstanding citizens, especially as the country faces a particularly tough time.

“I send my sincere congratulations to all those recognised in this year’s ceremony. I’d especially like to acknowledge the University’s alumni, staff and students who have been awarded honours for their substantial contributions to their professional fields and to their communities,” Professor Zelinsky said.

The University’s distinguished recipients include:

MEMBER (AM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA

  • Conjoint Emeritus Professor Thomas Boulton for significant service to medical education, and to paediatric medicine.
  • Alumnus Dr Geoffrey Currie for significant service to nuclear medicine and medical radiation science.

MEDAL (OAM) OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE GENERAL DIVISION

  • Alumna Mrs Karen Carey for service to secondary education.
  • Alumnus and staff member, Mr Gionni Di Gravio for service to community history.

MEDAL (OAM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION

  • Alumnus Mr Matthew Luther for service to nursing.

MEMBER (AM) IN THE MILITARY DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA

  • Alumnus Brigadier Stephen Jobson for exceptional service as Commandant Army Recruit Training Centre, Commander 16th Aviation Brigade and Commander Joint Task Force 646.

CONSPICUOUS SERVICE MEDAL (CSM)

  • Alumnus Colonel Craig Lauder for meritorious devotion to duty as the Chief of Staff in Headquarters Joint Task Force 633 on Operation ACCORDION from March 2018 to January 2019.

The University also congratulates current student and Olympian skier Mr Matthew Graham, who was announced the 2020 Central Coast Citizen of the Year, for his outstanding contribution to sport and the local community.

The Australia Day 2020 Honours List includes the highest ever percentage of women recipients in the General Division of the Order of Australia.

For a full list of recipients, visit the Governor General’s website


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