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12 Jun 2013

AMA Vice President, Professor Geoffrey Dobb, said today that the AMA warmly congratulates all doctors and health professionals whose outstanding work was acknowledged in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List over the weekend.

Professor Dobb said that doctors who devote their lives and their careers to looking after the health of their communities are true local heroes.

“These dedicated professionals work many years to gain their specialised skills and expertise, then spend even more years working to save lives and improve the quality of life for many Australians,” Professor Dobb said.

“Some work in the cities, some work in small country towns, some work in research, some in hospitals, some in private practice, and others in administration – but they all work tirelessly to improve the health of the Australian population.”

Professor Dobb paid tribute to Professor Chris Baggoley, Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, who was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to medicine, particularly in the area of emergency medicine as a clinician, to medical administration and public health care, and to education.

Professor Dobb said that the AMA is enormously proud of AMA members who received Queen’s Birthday Honours.  They include:

Associate Professor John Clark McBain - AMA Victoria – AO*
For distinguished service to reproductive medicine as a gynaecologist, particularly in the area of
infertility, to medical education as an academic, and to professional organisations.

Dr Paul Ernest Beaumont - AMA New South Wales – AM**
For significant service to medicine, particularly in the field of ophthalmology.

Professor Nikolai Bogduk - AMA New South Wales – AM
For significant service to medical research and education, particularly in the specialties of anatomy, spinal health and chronic pain management.

Dr Eric Charles Fairbank - AMA Victoria- AM
For significant service to palliative care medicine in regional Victoria.

Dr John Meredith Harrison - AMA New South Wales - AM
For significant service to orthopaedic medicine, and to water polo.

Dr Francis Xavier Moloney - AMA New South Wales - AM
For significant service to medicine, particularly in the field of anaesthesia.

Winthrop Professor John Phillipps Newnham – AMA Western Australia – AM
For significant service to medicine in the field of obstetrics.

Dr John Graham Rogers - AMA Victoria - AM
For significant service to medicine in the fields of clinical genetics and paediatrics.

Dr Peter Harold Woodruff - AMA Queensland - AM
For significant service to medicine, particularly in the field of vascular surgery, and through contributions to healthcare standards.

Dr Jennifer Margaret Wray - AMA New South Wales - AM
For significant service to medicine in rural areas, particularly in the community of Narooma.

Dr Ronald Dalkeith Scott - AMA New South Wales – OAM***
For service to the community of Boorowa as a general practitioner

Dr Brian James White - AMA Australian Capital Territory – OAM
For service to medicine in the field of mental health, and to veterans and their families.

*              Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)
**           Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
***         Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)


12 June 2013

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Published: 12 Jun 2013