Recognising our extraordinary community: 2022 Australia Day Honours

University of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle is incredibly proud to celebrate the contributions and achievements of its valued community who are recognised in the 2022 Australia Day Honours.


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Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Mark Hoffman, congratulated all recipients and said the awards were a key moment to reflect on the incredible contribution of so many exceptional Australians.

“These awards recognise the extraordinary effort being made by staff, students, alumni, donors and other members of our University’s extensive network and community,” Professor Hoffman said.

“On behalf of our University, I extend warm 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:

NameAwardReceivedRelationship

Professor Sandra Claire Thompson

MEMBER (AM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION

For significant service to tertiary education, to rural and regional health, and to Indigenous health.

Alumna

Mrs Margaret Joy Baker

MEDAL (OAM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION

For service to conservation and the environment.

Alumna

Mrs Elizabeth Jan Dickeson

MEDAL (OAM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION

For service to the community of the Hunter.

Alumna

Dr John Edward Dickeson

MEDAL (OAM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION

For service to the community of the Hunter.

Alumnus

Dr Matthew Gray

MEDAL (OAM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION

For service to community health.

Alumnus

Mr John Clyde Mayo

MEDAL (OAM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION

For service to surf lifesaving.

Alumnus

Dr John William Wamsley

MEDAL (OAM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION

For service to conservation and the environment.

Alumnus

Major General Stephen John Jobson AM CSC

COMMENDATION FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE

For distinguished performance of duties in warlike operations as the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Chief Combined Joint Operations (CJ3), Resolute Support Mission on Operation HIGHROAD from December 2019 to October 2020.

Alumnus

Captain Katherine Ella Tindall RAN

CONSPICUOUS SERVICE CROSS (CSC)

For outstanding achievement in Australian Defence Force strategic health policy and leadership of the Defence coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic response.

Alumna

Mrs Elizabeth Joy Freier

MEDAL (OAM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION

For service to the Anglican Church of Australia, and to education.

Alumna

Lieutenant Michael David Loring RAN

CONSPICUOUS SERVICE MEDAL

For meritorious devotion to duty as the Staff Officer Safety in Shore Force

Alumnus

Caroline Fiona Stacey

MEDAL (OAM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION

For service to the performing arts through administrative roles.

Alumna

Professor Julie Ellen Byles

OFFICER (AO) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION

For distinguished service to medical research, to gerontology, and to professional scientific organisations.

Staff Member and Alumna

Professor Sandra Jean Eades

OFFICER (AO) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION

For distinguished service to medical research, to Indigenous health, and to professional organisations.

Staff Member and Alumna

Dr Deborah Jane Cockrell

MEMBER (AM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION

For significant service to dentistry, to professional organisations, and to education.

Staff Member and Alumna

Emeritus Professor Timothy Roberts

MEMBER (AM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION

For significant service to environmental and life sciences, and to tertiary education.

Staff Member, Alumni Affiliate, Donor

Professor Prudence Ann Francis

MEMBER (AM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION

For significant service to medical research in the field of oncology, and to education.

Staff Member

In an additional triumph for the region, the University also recognises those awarded Local Citizenship Awards:

NameAwardReceivedRelationship

Alysse Iliffe

Cessnock City Council Community Award

Outstanding contributions within the community in a field of endeavour.

Alumna

Leonie Bryson

Environmental citizen of the year, Port Stephens Annual Awards

For significant service to the environment of Port Stephens over the past 12 months.

Alumna

Kenneth Jordan

Freeman of Port Stephens, Port Stephens Annual Awards

For contributing an eminent service to the community over many years.

Alumnus

Steev Hassall

Community Service and Activity (Highly Commended), Australia Day Awards on the Central Coast

Awarded for creating community activities or services that benefit the Coast.

Alumnus

Ashley Harrison

Newcastle City Council Young Citizen of the Year

In recognition of her advocacy for victims of revenge porn, phishing, and impersonation, helping young women avoid exploitation through her start-up social enterprise, Verified Associates.

Current student, Ma & Morley scholar

The Australia Day 2022 Honours List recognises 1040 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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