Meet the specialists named in the 2022 Queen’s Birthday Honours


Nearly two dozen specialists have been recognised for their achievements in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, with names across all ranks of the Order of Australia.

Among them are public officials like Professor Brendan Murphy, Dr Jeanette Young and Dr Kerry Chant, all of whom became household names during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Doctors from multiple specialties were represented, including neurology, rheumatology, cardiology, respiratory medicine and oncology.

Read a full list below:


Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)

Dr Brendan Murphy, nephrologist in the ACT

For eminent service to medical administration and community health, particularly as Chief Medical Officer, and to nephrology, to research and innovation, and to professional organisations.

Dr Jeanette Young, public health physician in Queensland

For eminent service to public health administration, to medicine and medical research, to the tertiary education sector, and as the 27th Governor appointed in Queensland.

Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)

Dr Kerry Chant, public health physician in NSW

For distinguished service to the people of New South Wales through public health administration and governance, and to medicine.

Professor Basil Donovan, sexual health physician in NSW

For distinguished service to medicine in the field of sexual health through tertiary education, research and advisory roles.

Professor Guy Marks, Respiratory physician in NSW

For distinguished service to respiratory medicine and research, and to tertiary education.

Member of the Order of Australia (AM)

The late Dr James Cameron, cardiologist formerly of QLD

For significant service to cardiology, and to professional societies.

Dr Sarah Hilmer, geriatrician and pharmacologist in NSW

For significant service to clinical and geriatric pharmacology.

Dr Michelle Kiley, neurologist in SA

For significant service to neurology, and to professional associations.

Dr Robyn Langham, nephrologist in VIC

For significant service to renal health research, and to tertiary medical education.

Dr Louis McGuigan, rheumatologist in NSW

For significant service to rheumatology, and to community health.

Professor Imogen Mitchell, intensive care physician in the ACT

For significant service to intensive care medicine, and to tertiary education.

Professor Clare Scott, oncologist in VIC

For significant service to gynaecological oncology.

Dr John Stewart, nephrologist in NSW

For significant service to medicine as a nephrologist.

Dr Tarun Weeramanthri, public health physician in WA

For significant service to public health administration.

Dr Richard Cohn, oncologist in NSW

For significant service to paediatric cancer medicine, and to professional organisations.

Professor Maria Fiatarone Singh, geriatrician in NSW

For significant service to geriatric medicine, to research, and to education.

Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) 

The late Dr Richard Dunstan, paediatrician formerly of NSW

For service to medicine as a paediatrician.

Dr David Hammill, physician in NSW

For service to medicine, and to the community.

Dr Hugh Fairfull-Smith, geriatrician in NSW

For service to geriatric medicine.

Prof David Watkins, oncologist in Victoria

For service to medical tertiary education.


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

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