A champion for professional sportswomen and a pioneer for healthcare reform are among members of The University of Queensland community recognised with Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Academics, researchers and alumni were among dozens of recipients bestowed with the honour.
Associate Professor Sarah Jane Kelly is an award-winning teacher, researcher and consultant currently focused on sport, and provides mentorship to sports technology startup companies and to professional sportswomen.
The Associate Professor in Law and Marketing has been recognised with a Medal in the General Division (OAM).
“It was such a lovely surprise – I feel very honoured and humbled to be in the company of Australians who do extraordinary things,” Dr Kelly said.
“I’m grateful for the recognition that this award gives for education and sports administration.
“I love doing research and teaching in both of these sectors because of the impact they can have on the community and people – they’re cross cultural and globally understood for their impact.”
Faculty of Medicine’s Professor Claire Jackson was made a Member in the General Division (AM) for significant service to health reform and general practice medicine.
She has devoted the past three decades of her life to health services research and reform and pioneered a new mode of primary care that was used as a prototype nation-wide.
Emeritus Professor David Carter has been recognised for his significant service to tertiary education, and to cultural and literary studies.
Emeritus Professor Carter has been instrumental in teaching and convening the suite of courses in Australian Literature at UQ and his wide-ranging expertise is evident in his leading role as an advisor of higher degree research candidates.
In retirement, he will remain a powerful advocate for this field of research and teaching not only nationally and internationally, but also locally, within the School of Communications and Arts.
Advisory Board Member and Industry Fellow at the Queensland Brain Institute, Médy Hassan has been awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to the building and construction industry.
Mr Hassan is the founder and Managing Director of investment and property group Haus Holdings, co-founder and Director of private equity group Vitae Capital and Executive Chairman and Director of Rural and Regional Health and Medical Group MedCIRC.
His commitment to giving back to industry and the community prompted his involvement with the Advisory Board of the Queensland Brain Institute, where he provides strategic advice on the sustainability of the Institute, research commercialisation and community engagement.
Honorary Professor John Jell has also been made a Member in the General Division (AM) for significant service to environmental science education, and to geological societies.
Professor Jell has had an energetic, dedicated, and distinguished research career, originally nurtured and inspired by UQ pioneer Dorothy Hill.