Exceptional affiliates recognised in 2021 Australia Day Honours

The University of Newcastle congratulates and celebrates all Australians recognised in the 2021 Australia Day Honours, in particular those belonging to the University’s valued community.


Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alex Zelinsky AO, said the awards were an opportunity to reflect on the unparalleled efforts of many exceptional Australians.

“These awards recognise so many incredible contributions being made by staff, students, alumni, donors and other members of our University’s extensive network,” Professor Zelinsky said.

“I extend my congratulations to all those recognised in this year’s honours and thank them for their commitment to improving our nation and our communities.”

The University-affiliated recipients include:

NameHonourReceived
Professor Alan
Cass
OFFICER (AO) IN
THE GENERAL DIVISION
For
distinguished service to medical research, particularly to the prevention and
management of chronic kidney disease, to improved Indigenous clinical care
and health outcomes, and as a mentor.
Emeritus
Professor Christopher Fell AM
OFFICER
(AO) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION
For
distinguished service to science and engineering, particularly to
nanotechnology research and fabrication, and to professional networks.
Professor
Graham Goodwin
OFFICER
(AO) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION
For
distinguished service to tertiary education, and to electrical engineering,
as an academic and researcher, and to scientific academies.
Dr
Barry Inglis PSM
OFFICER
(AO) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION
For
distinguished service to science and engineering, particularly to metrology,
measurement standards and research, and to professional organisations.
Professor
Robert Constable
MEMBER
(AM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION
For
significant service to music education, to performance, and to composition.
Mr
Graeme Irwin
MEMBER
(AM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION
For
significant service to education, and to Christian schools associations.
Mrs
Gaynor Reeves
OAM
in the General Division
For
service to women, and to the community of Newcastle.
Dr
David Scott
OAM
in the General Division
For
service to medicine, particularly to anaesthetics.
Mr
Peter Gogarty
Medal
(OAM) in the General Division
For
service to the community through support for

survivors of childhood abuse.

Mr
Gary Mason
Medal
(OAM) in the General Division
For
service to veterans and their families.
Professor
Margaret Alston OAM
Member
of the Order of Australia
For
significant service to tertiary education, to social sustainability, and to
women.

In an additional triumph for the region, the University also recognises:

Associate
Professor Dr Kelvin Kong
2021 Newcastle
Citizenship Awards Citizen of the Year
City of
Newcastle awards this title to a worthy recipient for a significant
achievement or contribution made over the course of the previous year.
Contributions made by the individual may bring regional, national or
international recognition to the Newcastle area.
Dr
Helen Tolhurst
2021
Maitland Citizen of the Year
The
Maitland Citizen of the Year is an award which recognises and celebrates an
individual who has shown good citizenship, determination, enthusiasm and
commitment through their service to our community
Mr
John Chambers
2021
Port Stephens Citizen of the Year
A
citizen which has made a significant and demonstrable contribution to the
community over the preceding 12 month period. The nominee should be an
inspirational role model who has made a positive impact on the Port Stephens
community.
Ms
Elyssia Gasparotto
2021
Central Coast Young Citizen of the Year
An
individual person of 25 years of age or under who has made a significant
contribution to the community. Someone who has achieved high levels in his or her chosen field and acts as
an inspiration and role model to his or her peers.
Sharon
Aldrick
2021
Central Coast Council Arts, Culture and Entertainment
An
individual who has achieved high levels of success and/or demonstrated
excellence in their chosen art form. Someone who has made a significant contribution to the development of their
chosen art form and/or affiliated organisations through innovative approaches
and/or consistent effort.
Ms
Sarah Anne WYLIE
Public
Service Medal (PSM)
For
outstanding public service to regional New South Wales, particularly to
community recovery programs following the 2019-2020 bushfires.

The Australia Day 2021 Honours List recognises 844 outstanding and inspirational Australians.

For a full list of Australia Day honours and biographies on the recipients, visit the Governor General’s website.

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