Professor John Pearn
Professor John Pearn
8 June 2009

Staff and alumni associated with The University of Queensland have been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday awards.

Those receiving honours, as currently known include:

Officer (AO) in the General Division

Alumna Ms Gillian Calvert (B Arts 1979) for service to the community as a leading advocate in the protection of the rights and welfare of children and youth.

Pediatrician and former surgeon-general of the Australian Defence Force Professor John Pearn AM RFD of the School of Medicine for service to medicine, particularly in the areas of pediatrics and medical ethics, to medical history, and to the community through injury prevention and first aid programs. Professor Pearn is also a UQ alumnus, awarded a Bachelor of Science 1962, Bachelors of Medicine & Surgery 1964, Doctor of medicine 1969.

Mr Paul Tyrrell (Bachelor of Economics 1977), for service to the community of the Northern Territory in a range of public sector roles, through contributions to major construction and transport infrastructure projects, and to the development of economic and social policy.

Member (AM) in the General Division

Alumnus and director of the Wesley Research Institute, Peter Brand (Bachelor of Pharmacy Honours 1969), for service to the pharmacy profession as a practitioner and through representative and educational roles.

Mr Bruce Davis PSM (Bachelor of Arts 1974), for service to international relations through leadership of AusAID and the development and reform of Australia's overseas aid programs.

Professor of classical music at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music Janet Delpratt (Bachelor of Science 1968), for service to the performing arts and to music education as a teacher of voice.

Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law Chris Freeman (Bachelor of Commerce 1989), for service to the urban property development industry, and to the community through arts and cultural organisations.

Associate Professor Terry Gagen (Bachelor of Science Honours 1964), for service to higher education in the field of mathematics as an educator, researcher and mentor and through the National Mathematics Summer School.

Senator (1970), former Queensland Treasurer, Queensland Rhodes Scholar for 1979, former lecturer/tutor in political science at UQ the Honourable Dr David Hamill (Bachelor of Arts Honours 1979, PhD Political Science 2005), for service to the Parliament of Queensland, to the community and to business.

Mr Malcolm Hazell CVO (Bachelor of Arts Honours 1979), for service to the community and to successive Australian Governments through senior positions in the Australian Public Service, and as Official Secretary to the Governor-General of Australia.

Dr Peter Holdsworth (Bachelor of Science Honours 1982, PhD 1986), for service to the animal health industry, particularly as a contributor to the development of international standards for the veterinary pharmaceutical sector.

Adjunct Professor John Kelly (Bachelors of Arts/Psychology Honours 1984), for service to the community in the areas of nursing and aged care policy development, and to healthcare management.

Senator (2000-2003), Executive Director at Springfield Land Corporation and past president of the Institute of Public Administration Australia Queensland Jim Varghese (Bachelor of Arts Honours 1973, Bachelor of Divinity 1976), for service to public administration in Queensland through the development of policy reform and implementation, and to the community.

Emeritus Professor of Sociology and former Commissioner, Criminal Justice Commission John Western of the School of Social Science for service to education in the area of sociology as an academic, researcher and author.

Medal (OAM) in the General Division

MBBS alumnus Associate Professor Chris Perry of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences for service to medicine as an ear, nose and throat specialist, and to Indigenous health.

Dr John Standley (Diploma of Tropical Agronomy 1970), for service to agricultural science in the areas of soil and plant research, and to the community.

Public Service Medal (PSM)

Mr Ian Luck (Graduate Diploma of Education 1975) for outstanding public service to Queensland education, particularly in the Mackay region, through leadership as Deputy Principal of Mackay North State High School.

Dr Ross McKenzie (Bachelor of Veterinary Science 1971, Master of Vet Science 1990, PhD 1992) for outstanding public service in the area of veterinary pathology and the breadth of research into plant poisoning.