Service to respiratory medicine recognised in Australia Day Honours


Dr Robert Edwards

Respiratory physicians have been recognised in the 2022 Australia Day Honours List.

Dr Robert Edwards has been awarded a Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia for his service to medicine as a thoracic physician.

Among his many positions, Dr Edwards has been a Consultant Thoracic and Sleep Physician at Brisbane’s Wesley Hospital since 1977.

He was a cofounder of the Lung Foundation of Australia then president from 1993 to 2012 and remains a Life Member.

He has also been a Member of the Silicosis Medical Reference Group in Queensland Health, since 2019, a Certified Independent Medical Examiner and Investigator at the Wesley Dust Diseases Research Centre and is a Former Medical Advisor of the Queensland Parliament’s Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis Select Committee.

Dr Edwards was a recipient of the TSANZ Medal in 2008.

Professor Colin Robertson

Professor Colin Robertson was awarded a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia for his significant service to medicine, to research, and to professional organisations.

He joined the Royal Children’s Hospital in 1984 as a respiratory physician, was  Director of Sleep and Respiratory Medicine from 2005 to 2010 and Chief of Medicine 2010 to 2016.

Professor Robertson leads the respiratory group at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute where his interests include CF, allergy and asthma.

Dr Peter Braude was awarded a Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia for his service to medicine as a physician.

A respiratory and general physician at the Manning Base Hospital (NSW) since 1987, Dr Braude is also a conjoint lecturer at the University of Newcastle.

Dr Peter Gianoutsos was also awarded a Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia for his service to medicine as a respiratory physician.

He is an Emeritus Consultant Physician at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and has served in leadership positions on the Australian Respiratory Council, TSANZ and RACP. He also chaired the Medical Board of New South Wales from 1978 to 1982.

GP Dr Kerry Hancock was also awarded a Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia for her service to medicine through a range of roles.

She chairs the RACGP’s Respiratory Medicine Specific Interests network, and has served on the National Asthma Council Australia and Lung Foundation Australia.

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