Meet the specialists in the 2024 King’s Birthday Honours

Medicine

By Geir O'Rourke

10 Jun 2024

Over a dozen medical specialists have been recognised for their achievements in the King’s Birthday Honours list, with names across the ranks of the Order of Australia.

Physicians and researchers from multiple specialties were represented among the 737 honoured, including gastroenterologists, neurologists, cardiologists, respiratory physicians and oncologists.

Once again, the list also included a COVID-19 Honour Roll, with 34 Australians recognised for their contribution in support of the national response to the pandemic.

This featured high-profile names, including recently-retired TGA head Professor John Skerritt and Clinical Professor Daryl Williams, the director of anaesthesia at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, and two pandemic-era state premiers.

“I would like to congratulate all those recognised in today’s Honours List. Some names are well-known, but the vast majority are not – they are people who work tirelessly and selflessly to make a difference in our community,” said Governor-General David Hurley on Monday.

“Through today’s recognition we shine a light on their efforts, the impact they have and the difference they make. On behalf of all Australians, I thank recipients for their service and congratulate them on their recognition.

“This is my last Honours list as Governor-General. Presiding over investiture ceremonies and having the opportunity to meet so many diverse recipients in our honours system has been a tremendous privilege. Learning their stories has been inspiring and makes me enormously optimistic for our future.

Read a list with some of the big names below:

Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)

Professor Karen Canfell, NSW

For eminent service to medicine as an epidemiologist, particularly through cancer research, to tertiary education, and as a mentor and leader.

Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)

Professor John Furness, Victoria

For distinguished service to medical research in the field of autonomic neuroscience and neurogastroenterology.

Professor Jo Douglass, Victoria

For distinguished service to medical research, to clinical immunology and allergy, to respiratory medicine, and to tertiary education.

Member of the Order of Australia (AM)

Professor Katina D’Onise, SA

For significant service to public health through translational research, and policy and legislative reform.

Conjoint Professor Tracey O’Brien, NSW

For significant service to cancer medicine, to medical research and education, and to professional bodies.

Professor Helen Reddel, NSW

For significant service to respiratory medicine, and to medical research.

Dr Eileen Gallery, NSW

For significant service to nephrology, to obstetric medicine, and to tertiary education.

Emeritus Professor Michael Pender, Queensland

For significant service to medicine, particularly neurology and multiple sclerosis research, and to tertiary education.

Professor David Russell, Victoria

For significant service to general medicine, to clinical education, and as a mentor.

Associate Professor Christine Rodda, Victoria

For significant service to paediatric endocrinology, to medical research, and to tertiary education.

Professor Gregory Scalia, Queensland

For significant service to cardiology as a clinician, academic and mentor.

Dr Kathleen Eagar, NSW

For significant service to community through health services research and development, and as a mentor.

Sister Isobel Moran, WA

For significant service to medicine, and to the church.

Order of Australia Medal (OAM)

Dr Lynette Masters, NSW

For service to medicine as a neuroradiologist.

Dr Richard Johnson, SA

For service to medicine, and to hospital administration.

Dr John Gault, Victoria

For service to the community of Bendigo.

The late Emeritus Professor William Louis, Victoria

For service to medicine as a clinical pharmacologist.

Dr David Speers, WA

For service to medicine as a microbiologist.

Professor Anne Marie Kavanagh, Victoria

For service to medicine, particularly disability health research.


Each year, the limbic scours the lists for specialists joining the Order of Australia honours. If you believe someone has been overlooked, please get in touch at [email protected]

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