Queen's Birthday Honours

Burnet Institute

13 June, 2022

Burnet Institute offers its warmest congratulations to associates and collaborators recognised for their outstanding community service in the 2022 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Among them, Professor Brendan Murphy, awarded the highest civilian honour, a Companion in the Order of Australia (AC) for eminent service to medical administration and community health; and Professor Mary-Louise McLaws, made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to medical research, particularly to epidemiology and infection prevention, to tertiary education, and to health administration.

Also recognised for their work in health and medical research:

  • Former Queensland Chief Health Officer, Jeanette Young AC, for eminent service to public health administration, to medicine and medical research, to the tertiary education sector, and as the 27th Governor appointed in Queensland;

  • New South Wales Chief Health Officer, Kerry Chant AO, for distinguished service to the people of NSW through public health administration and governance, and to medicine;

  • Kirby Institute Professor of Sexual Health, Basil Donovan AO, for distinguished service to medicine in the field of sexual health through tertiary education, research and advisory roles;

  • University of NSW Professor of Respiratory Medicine Guy Marks AO for distinguished service to respiratory medicine and research, and to tertiary education; and

  • Senior Medical Scientist at the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL), Professor Peter Revill AM, for significant service to microbiology and immunology research.

Victorian Deputy Chief Health Officer, Deborah Friedman, and Deputy Public Health Commander Claire Boardman were both awarded the Public Service Medal (PSM) for outstanding public service to health in Victoria, particularly the COVID-19 response.

Professor Murphy served as Australia’s Chief Medical Officer from October 2016 and through the start of the COVID-19 pandemic before being appointed Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Health in July 2020.

An epidemiologist at the University of NSW and advisor to the World Health Organization, Professor McLaws sprang to public prominence during the pandemic for her advocacy for public health measures including the wearing of masks and the need for rapid antigen tests and fit-for-purpose quarantine.

Professor McLaws stepped back from her public roles after being diagnosed with a brain tumour in January this year.

Contact Details

For more information in relation to this news article, please contact:

Professor Brendan Crabb AC

Director and CEO; Co-Head Malaria Research Laboratory; Chair, Victorian Chapter of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI)




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