The Australian Medical Association Limited and state AMA entities comply with the Privacy Act 1988. Please refer to the AMA Privacy Policy to understand our commitment to you and information on how we store and protect your data.



26 Jan 2018

Former AMA President, Dr Mukesh Haikerwal AO, and current Editor-in-Chief of the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA), Laureate Professor Nick Talley, head an impressive list of AMA members to receive Australia Day Honours this year.

Both Dr Haikerwal and Professor Talley received the highest honour – Companion of the Order (AC).

AMA Federal Councillor, Associate Professor Julian Rait, received the Medal of the Order (OAM).

AMA President, Dr Michael Gannon, said today that Dr Haikerwal and Professor Talley are deserved recipients of the highest Australia Day Honours.

“They have dedicated their lives and careers to helping others through their various roles as clinicians, researchers, teachers, authors, administrators, or government advisers – and importantly as leaders in their local communities,” Dr Gannon said.

“On behalf of the AMA, I pay tribute to all the doctors and other health professionals who were honoured today for their passion for their profession and their dedication to their patients and their communities.

“The great thing about the Honours is that they acknowledge achievement at the international, national, and local level, and they recognise excellence across all avenues of human endeavour.

“Doctors from many diverse backgrounds have been recognised and honoured again this year.

“There are pioneering surgeons and researchers, legends across many specialties, public health advocates, researchers, administrators, teachers, and GPs and family doctors who have devoted their lives to serving their local communities.

“The AMA congratulates all the doctors and other health advocates whose work has been acknowledged on this special day.

“We are, of course, especially proud of AMA members who are among the 75 people honoured in the medicine category today.

“Another of our members, Professor Jeffrey Rosenfeld AM, also received the highest honour, the Companion of the Order (AC).”

A full list of AMA recipients is attached.



26 January 2018

CONTACT:        John Flannery           02 6270 5477 / 0419 494 761
                          Maria Hawthorne     02 6270 5478 / 0427 209 753





Dr Mukesh Chandra HAIKERWAL AO
Altona North Vic 3025
For eminent service to medical governance, administration, and technology, and to medicine, through leadership roles with a range of organisations, to education and the not-for-profit sector, and to the community of western Melbourne.

Professor Jeffrey Victor ROSENFELD AM
Caulfield North Vic 3161
For eminent service to medicine, particularly to the discipline of neurosurgery, as an academic and clinician, to medical research and professional organisations, and to the health and welfare of current and former defence force members. 

Professor Nicholas Joseph TALLEY
Black Hill NSW 2322
For eminent service to medical research, and to education in the field of gastroenterology and epidemiology, as an academic, author and administrator at the national and international level, and to health and scientific associations. 


Emeritus Professor David John AMES
East Kew Vic 3102
For distinguished service to psychiatry, particularly in the area of dementia and the mental health of older persons, as an academic, author and practitioner, and as an adviser to professional bodies. 

Dr Peggy BROWN
Sanctuary Cove Qld 4212
For distinguished service to medical administration in the area of mental health through leadership roles at the state and national level, to the discipline of psychiatry, to education, and to health care standards. 

Professor Creswell John EASTMAN AM
St Leonards NSW 2065
For distinguished service to medicine, particularly to the discipline of pathology, through leadership roles, to medical education, and as a contributor to international public health projects.

Professor Suzanne Marie GARLAND
Docklands Vic 3008
For distinguished service to medicine in the field of clinical microbiology, particularly to infectious diseases in reproductive and neonatal health as a physician, administrator, researcher and author, and to professional medical organisations. 

Dr Paul John HEMMING
Queenscliff Vic 3225
For distinguished service to higher education administration, to medicine through contributions to a range of professional medical associations, and to the community of central Victoria, particularly as a general practitioner. 

Professor Anthony David HOLMES
Melbourne Vic 3000
For distinguished service to medicine, particularly to reconstructive and craniofacial surgery, as a leader, clinician and educator, and to professional medical associations. 

Dr Diana Elaine O'HALLORAN
Glenorie NSW 2157
For distinguished service to medicine in the field of general practice through policy development, health system reform and the establishment of new models of service and care.


Dr Michael Charles BELLEMORE
Croydon NSW 2132
For significant service to medicine in the field of paediatric orthopaedics as a surgeon, to medical education, and to professional medical societies. 

Dr Colin Ross CHILVERS
Launceston Tas 7250
For significant service to medicine in the field of anaesthesia as a clinician, to medical education in Tasmania, and to professional societies. 

Associate Professor Peter HAERTSCH OAM
Breakfast Point NSW 2137
For significant service to medicine in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery as a clinician and administrator, and to medical education. 

Professor Ian Godfrey HAMMOND
Subiaco WA 6008
For significant service to medicine in the field of gynaecological oncology as a clinician, to cancer support and palliative care, and to professional groups. 

Dr Philip Haywood HOUSE
For significant service to medicine as an ophthalmologist, to eye surgery foundations, and to the international community of Timor Leste. 

Adjunct Professor John William KELLY
For significant service to medicine through the management and treatment of melanoma, as a clinician and administrator, and to education.

Dr Marcus Welby SKINNER
West Hobart Tas 7000
For significant service to medicine in the field of anaesthesiology and perioperative medicine as a clinician, and to professional societies. 

Professor Mark Peter UMSTAD
South Yarra Vic 3141
For significant service to medicine in the field of obstetrics, particularly complex pregnancies, as a clinician, consultant and academic. 

Professor Barbara S WORKMAN
East Hawthorn Vic 3123
For significant service to geriatric and rehabilitation medicine, as a clinician and academic, and to the provision of aged care services.


Professor William Robert ADAM PSM
For service to medical education, particularly to rural health. 

Dr Marjorie Winifred CROSS
Bungendore NSW 2621
For service to medicine, particularly to doctors in rural areas. 

Associate Professor Mark Andrew DAVIES
Maroubra NSW 2035
For service to medicine, particularly to neurosurgery. 

Dr David William GREEN
Coombabah Qld 4216
For service to emergency medicine, and to professional organisations. 

Dr Barry Peter HICKEY
Ascot Qld 4007
For service to thoracic medicine.

Dr Fred Nickolas NASSER
Strathfield NSW 2135
For service to medicine in the field of cardiology, and to the community.

Dr Ralph Leslie PETERS
New Norfolk Tas 7140
For service to medicine, and to the community of the Derwent Valley.

Associate Professor Julian Lockhart RAIT
Camberwell Vic 3124
For service to ophthalmology, and to the development of overseas aid.

Mr James Mohan SAVUNDRA
South Perth WA 6151
For service to medicine in the fields of plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Dr Chin Huat TAN
Glendalough WA 6016
For service to the Chinese community of Western Australia.

Dr Karen Susan WAYNE
Toorak Vic 3142
For service to the community of Victoria through a range of organisations. 

Dr Anthony Paul WELDON
Melbourne Vic 3004
For service to the community, and to paediatric medicine.


Dr Sharon KELLY
Yeronga Qld 4104
For outstanding public service to the health sector in Queensland.

Professor Maria CROTTY
Kent Town SA 5067
For outstanding public service in the rehabilitation sector in South Australia.

Published: 26 Jan 2018