The University of Newcastle, Australia

Australia Day honours 2017

Friday, 27 January 2017

The University of Newcastle congratulates and celebrates all Australians named in this year’s Australia Day honours. In particular, we recognise members of the UON community who received honours.

These exceptional Australians include:

Mr Terry Lawler, AO, for distinguished service to the community of the Hunter, particularly through advocacy for disability support organisations, to medical research, and to business. Mr Lawler graduated with Bachelor of Commerce in 1974.

Professor Ian Bailey SC, AM, for significant service to the law, particularly in the area of dispute resolution in the construction industry, and to education. Prof Bailey graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1970.

Mr Noel Cornish, AM, for significant service to business as an advocate for industry policy and development, to tertiary education administration, and to the community. Mr Cornish graduated with a Master of Engineering Science in 1977 and a Bachelor of Science (Metallurgy) in 1974.

Mr Mark Longworth, AM, for significant service to community health through the development of programs to assist people affected by stroke. Mr Longworth graduated with a Diploma in Administration Nursing in 1986.

Dr John Flynn RFD, OAM, for service to medicine, and to medical education. Conjoint Associate Professor, School of Medicine and Public Health.

Mr Richard Ingall, OAM, for service to the community of Cessnock. Mr Ingall graduated with a Bachelor of Business in 2009.

Mr Kenneth Longworth, OAM, for service to the community of Newcastle. Mr Longworth graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1962.

Mr Bela Janos Ivanyi, OAM, for service to the visual arts, particularly as an educator and mentor. Mr Ivanyi lectured in art education at Newcastle College of Advanced Education (now University of Newcastle), from 1980-1993.

The University also congratulates student Phillip Johnson, who was named Young Citizen of the Year by Newcastle City Council, for his advocacy on behalf of students on a range of issues.

For a full list of Australia Day honours recipients visit the Governor General’s website.

The National Council of Women of NSW recognised 15 women, including three UON academics, Victoria Hirst, Amelia Besseny and Elicia Taylor, for their remarkable abilities in their studies, during a ‘Celebrate Being an Australian’ Australia Day awards ceremony at Parliament House, Sydney on 27 January.

Victoria Hirst was recognised for her doctoral work on the role of carers as part of the mental health workforce.

Amelia Besseny, who is undertaking a PhD in music, is exploring the social tagging of music online as a creative and community building tool.

Elicia Taylor, who is undertaking a PhD in women’s history, is looking at whether the first world war transformed lives of widowed and unmarried women.

Award recipient Victoria Hirst, research leader and academic representative Dr Hazel Dalton, award recipient Amelia Besseny, academic representative Professor Helen English, award recipient Elicia Taylor, academic representative Professor Victoria Haskins. Photo: Volunteer Photography.

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