VHA members well-represented in Queen’s Birthday Honours

June 16, 2021

Several leaders from Victoria’s public healthcare sector were recognised in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours this week.

The VHA would like to congratulate the representatives from VHA member organisations who were recognised for their outstanding service and contributions.


Officer (AO) in the General Division

  • Professor Stephen Misha Davis AM – For distinguished service to medical education, to stroke research, and to the management of cerebrovascular disease. (Melbourne Health)
  • Emeritus Professor Lester John Peters AM – For distinguished service to medicine, particularly to radiation oncology, and to professional medical groups (Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre)


Member (AM) in the General Division

  • Dr John T Andrews – For significant service to nuclear medicine, and to professional societies (previously worked at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Royal Children’s Hospital)
  • Dr Ian Charles Baldwin – For significant service to critical care nursing, and to medical research (Research and Resource, Advanced Practitioner, Intensive Care at Austin Health)
  • Dr Gavin John Becker – For significant service to medicine, to nephrology, and to professional societies (Nephrologist at Royal Melbourne Hospital)
  • Clinical Professor Flavia Cicuttini – For significant service to medicine, and to musculoskeletal disease research (Head of Rheumatology, Alfred Hospital)
  • Elizabeth Anne Crock – For significant service to nursing, particularly to people living with HIV/AIDS (Thorne Harbour Health life member)
  • Louise Mary Gourlay OAM – For significant service to the community through charitable initiatives (Patron of the Royal Children’s Hospital Auxilaries)
  • Professor Rosemary Sylvia Horne – For significant service to paediatric medicine, and to infant mortality prevention (Monash University, Monash Health)
  • Dr Gillian Sparkes – For significant service to environmental sustainability, and to public administration (Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation Board Member)
  • Dr Julie Claudia Stone – For significant service to child mental health, and to psychiatry (Latrobe Regional Hospital)
  • Professor Helena Teede – For significant service to medical education and research, to endocrinology, and to women’s health (ED at Monash Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre, Monash Health)


Medal (OAM) in the General Division

  • Clinical Professor Eugene Athan – For service to infectious diseases medicine (Director, Department of Infectious Diseases, Barwon Health)
  • Julie Ann Dempsey – For service to community mental health (Forensicare)
  • Clinical Professor Peter Colin Gates – For service to neurology (Neurologist in clinical practice at University Hospital Geelong, Barwon Health)
  • Dr Stacy Kellan Goergen – For service to radiology (Monash Health)
  • Mr Paul William Hammat – For service to the community through pastoral care (Royal Children’s Hospital Pastoral and Spiritual Care Coordinator)
  • Dr David Linley Hare – For service to cardiology (Austin Health)
  • Dr David Hobson Hooke – For service to nephrology, and to aviation medicine (Bairnsdale Regional Health Service)
  • Dr Igor Konstantinov – For service to medicine as a cardiothoracic surgeon (Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at the Royal Children’s Hospital)
  • Mary Mcgowan – For service to nursing, and to the community through charitable initiatives (Children’s Cancer Nurse and Community Participation Lead at Royal Children’s Hospital)
  • Leslie George Mather – For service to community health (Footscray Hospital/Western Health)
  • Beverley Noonan – For service to the community through charitable organisations (Parkville Auxiliary Member)
  • Dr Hyam Barry Rawicki – For service to medicine as a rehabilitation specialist (Monash Health)
  • Dr Miriam Weisz – For service to community health (Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation Auxiliaries President)
  • Clinical Professor Alan Michael Wolff – For service to medicine (Director of Medical Services at Wimmera Heath Care Group)

Announcing the list, the Governor-General said:

‘On behalf of all Australians, congratulations to all recipients. Each of these individuals are unique and their story deserves to be shared widely and celebrated.’

‘Collectively, they speak to who we are as a nation. There are countless examples of selflessness, commitment and dedication. There is diversity and there are examples of exceptional achievement in almost every field imaginable.’

Read the full 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.