Medical researchers Professor John Funder and Professor Brendan Crabb have both been awarded Companions of the Order of Australia (AC). An AC is awarded for eminent achievement and merit of the highest degree in service to Australia or humanity at large.
Professor Funder from the Department of Medicine was appointed an AC for eminent service to medicine, particularly to cardiovascular endocrinology, as a renowned researcher, author and educator, to the development of academic health science centres, and to mental illness, obesity, and Indigenous eye-health programs.
Professor Crabb from the Department of Immunology received his AC for eminent service to medical science as a prominent researcher of infectious diseases, particularly malaria, and their impact on population health in developing nations, as an advocate, mentor and administrator, and through fostering medical research nationally and internationally.
Fellow Monash community members Professor Peter Ebeling, Professor John Mills, David Buckingham, Professor Rosemary Calder, Professor Peter Fuller, Professor Milton Hearn, Adjunct Professor James Ogloff and the Honourable Neil Pope have also been recognised for their extraordinary contributions to Australian communities in the 2015 Honours List.
Professor Peter Ebeling, Head of the Department of Medicine was made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for his distinguished service to medicine in the field of bone health, through academic contributions and research initiatives in a range of administrative, executive and professional roles.
Professor John Mills from the Central and Eastern Clinical School received his AO for his distinguished service to medicine as a researcher and physician in the field of infectious diseases, particularly HIV-AIDS, to medical administration, and to the development of Australia’s biotechnology industry.
David Buckingham, Vice President, Marketing, Communications & Student Recruitment, has been awarded a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his significant service to public administration, particularly Australia-Britain relations, to business, and to tertiary education.
Professor Rosemary Calder, a Vice-Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow, was appointed an AM for her significant service to public administration, particularly in the areas of mental health and ageing, through academic roles, and to the community.
Associate Director of the MIMR-PHI Institute of Medical Research Professor Peter Fuller was awarded an AM for his for significant service to medicine as an endocrinologist, through contributions to medical research and professional organisations.
Professor Milton Hearn, Director of the Centre for Green Chemistry, was recognised with an AM for his significant service to science through major contributions to advances in chemical manufacturing.
Adjunct Professor James Ogloff from the School of Psychological Sciences received his AM for his significant service to education and to the law as a forensic psychologist, and as an academic, researcher and practitioner.
Former industrial relations and human resources advisor to Monash University, the Honourable Neil Pope, received his AM for his significant service to the community of Victoria, particularly through local and state government roles, and to the administration of Norfolk Island.
About Monash UniversityWith selective entry and a strong tradition of excellence in traditional and emerging academic disciplines, Monash University is an entrepreneurial, world-class institution. The university’s research experience is outstanding, and it places a premium on quality undergraduate teaching. For the second year in a row, global CEOs and recruiters polled by The New York Times have voted Monash University the best university in Australia from which to hire graduates. The annual survey by the prestigious New York Times newspaper placed Monash 32nd in the world, up from 47th in 2011.
The leap of 15 places also makes Monash University the leader for the Oceania region and the only Victorian university to make the list of 100 higher education institutions.