ASMOF members receive Australia Day Honours

02-Feb-2018

ASMOF is proud to announce that  Dr Peshotan Katrak, long serving ASMOF Councillor was awarded an AM in the latest Australia Day honours list.

As you can see in the message form the Secretary Dr Katrak was awarded for significant service to rehabilitation medicine as a practitioner, to medical education and professional organisations, and to the Zoroastrian community. Dr Katrak is SESLHD’s Senior Staff Specialist in Rehabilitation Medicine at Prince of Wales Hospital and an Honorary Medical Officer at St Vincent's Hospital.

Another ASMOF member, Dr Friedbert Kohler was awarded an OAM for services to rehabilitation.

Congratulations to you both.



Dear colleagues 

I am very proud to advise that over 30 outstanding contributions and achievements from NSW in the field of health were recognised in the year’s Australia Day honours list. 

14 NSW Health employees from all parts of the state received awards for their long and distinguished service, along with approximately another 15 other colleagues from other areas of health for their outstanding contributions. 

The NSW Health employees are: 

Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)

Professor Nicholas Joseph Talley AC: From HNE LHD, Professor Talley was awarded for eminent service to medical research, and to education in the field of gastroenterology and epidemiology, as an academic, author and administrator at the national and international level, and to health and scientific associations.

 

Medal (OAM) in the General Division 

Catherine Butler OAM: Manager of the Northern Sydney Local Health District’s Multicultural Health Service, Ms Butler was awarded for service to refugees and community health. As a volunteer, Ms Butler has been a co-ordinator to the Tibetan Senior’s Support Group since 2009. 

Dr Friedbert Kohler OAM: South Western Sydney Local Health District’s Director of Rehabilitation Medicine for Braeside, Liverpool and Fairfield Hospitals was awarded for services to rehabilitation. 

Associate Professor Mark Andrew Davies OAM: Head of Neurosurgery at St George Hospital, Associate Professor Davies was awarded for service to medicine, particularly to neurosurgery.

 

Member (AM) in the General Division 

Darriea Turley AM: Far West LHD’s Community Engagement Manager, was awarded for significant service to the community of Broken Hill, particularly in the health, social welfare and education sectors, and to women in local government. 

Dr Peshotan Katrak AM:  Dr Katrak was awarded for significant service to rehabilitation medicine as a practitioner, to medical education and professional organisations, and to the Zoroastrian community. Dr Katrak is SESLHD’s Senior Staff Specialist in Rehabilitation Medicine at Prince of Wales Hospital and an Honorary Medical Officer at St Vincent's Hospital. 

Dr Michael Charles Bellemore AM: A VMO at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Westmead, Dr Bellemore was awarded for significant service to medicine in the field of paediatric orthopaedics as a surgeon, to medical education, and to professional medical societies. 

Associate Professor Peter Haertsch AM OAM: A specialist plastic and reconstructive surgeon based in ISLHD and SLHD, Associate Professor Haertsch was awarded for significant service to medicine in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery as a clinician and administrator, and to medical education. 

Professor Fiona Mary Blyth AM: A Medical Epidemiologist at Concord Hospital, Associate Dean, Concord Clinical School and Professor of Public Health and Pain Medicine, Professor Blythe was awarded for significant service to medical research and education in the field of public health, pain management and ageing, and to health policy reform. 


Officer (AO) in the General Division

Dr Diana Elaine O'Halloran AO: A Western Sydney LHD Board member, Dr O'Halloran was recognised for distinguished service to medicine in the field of general practice through policy development, health system reform and the establishment of new models of service and care. 

Professor Creswell Eastman AO: Professor Eastman was awarded for distinguished service to medicine, particularly to the discipline of pathology, through leadership roles, to medical education, and as a contributor to international public health projects. 

Professor Paul Mitchell AO: Professor Mitchell established the Blue Mountains Eye Study more than 20 years ago and was awarded for distinguished service to ophthalmology as a clinician, particularly in the management of age-related macular degeneration, through research into public health and ophthalmic epidemiology, and as an educator. 

Dr Helen Mary Somerville AO: Formerly at CHW and now WSLHD, Dr Somerville was awarded for distinguished service to medicine, particularly developmental paediatrics, as a clinician, and through advocacy roles for the care and treatment of people with intellectual disabilities. 

Professor David Handelsman AO: (joint NSW Health Pathology, Sydney LHD and Sydney University). Professor Handelsman is the Director of the ANZAC Research Institute and academic head of the Andrology lab at Concord Hospital and was awarded for distinguished service to medicine, particularly to reproductive endocrinology and andrology, as a clinician, author and researcher, to the science of doping in sport, and to medical education.

 

I’m also very proud to say that there were three NSW Health recipients of the top award for public service, the Public Service Medal (PSM): 

  • Cathryn Cox, Executive Director Health System Planning and Investment, Ministry of Health, for outstanding public service to health systems planning in New South Wales
  • Karin Lines, Executive Director Mental Health, Ministry of Health, for outstanding public service to mental health care in New South Wales.
  • Robert Lagaida, NSLHD’s current Acting Director of Finance and former HealthShare NSW Director of Finance and Business Strategy), for outstanding public service to financial management in the health care sector in New South Wales.

The Australian Honours system encourages aspiration and excellence to develop and satisfy the highest community standards. Our NSW Health recipients certainly epitomise the very best of service, commitment and excellence; this recognition by peers and those within the health industry clearly demonstrates the significant difference they have made to health consumers, patients and the people of NSW.

 

Please join me in congratulating all recipients on well-deserved awards.

 

Elizabeth Koff