Top honours for NSW doctors

Professor Nicholas Talley

The following NSW doctors and medical researchers were recognised in the Australia Day Honours List:

Companion (AC) in the General Division

  • Professor Nicholas Joseph Talley (pictured): 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.

Officer (AO) in the General Division

  • Professor Creswell John Eastman AM: 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 David Joshua Handelsman: For distinguished service to medicine, particularly to reproductive endocrinology and andrology, as a clinician, author and researcher, to the science of doping in sport, and to medical education.
  • Professor Ronald Paul Mitchell: For distinguished service to ophthalmology as a clinician, particularly in the management of age-related macular degeneration, through research into public health and ophthalmic epidemiology, and as an educator.
  • Dr Diana Elaine O'Halloran: 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 Helen Mary Somerville: For distinguished service to medicine, particularly developmental paediatrics, as a clinician, and through advocacy roles for the care and treatment of people with intellectual disabilities.

Member (AM) in the General Division

  • Dr Michael Charles Bellemore: For significant service to medicine in the field of paediatric orthopaedics as a surgeon, to medical education, and to professional medical societies.
  • Associate Professor Peter Haertsch OAM: For significant service to medicine in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery as a clinician and administrator, and to medical education.
  • Dr Peshotan Homi Katrak: For significant service to rehabilitation medicine as a practitioner, to medical education and professional organisations, and to the Zoroastrian community.

Medal (OAM) in the General Division

  • Dr Leonard Brenner: For service to medicine as a general practitioner.
  • Dr Marjorie Winifred Cross: For service to medicine, particularly to doctors in rural areas.
  • Associate Professor Mark Andrew Davies: For service to medicine, particularly to neurosurgery.
  • Dr Fred Nickolas Nasser: For service to medicine in the field of cardiology, and to the community.

Honorary Medal (OAM) in the General Division

  • Dr Friedbert Kohler: For service to rehabilitation medicine.

Several scientists were also recognised for their contribution to medical research:

  • Professor Maree Rose Teesson (Companion [AC] in the General Division): For eminent service to medicine, particularly to the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders, as a researcher and author, to innovative mental health policy development, to education, and as a role model for young researchers.
  • Dr David Andrew Sinclair (Officer [AO] in the General Division): For distinguished service to medical research into the biology of ageing and lifespan extension, as a geneticist and academic, to biosecurity initiatives, and as an advocate for the study of science.
  • Professor Fiona Mary Blyth (Member [AM] in the General Division): For significant service to medical research and education in the field of public health, pain management and ageing, and to health policy reform.

See the full list of Australia Day honours

* Image courtesy of Newcastle University.