Honours | 2016

We pay tribute to many MMS alumni and staff, and members of the broader Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences University community, whose outstanding contributions to their field and society were recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2016.


The honours recognised below are the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), Member of the Order of Australia (AM), and Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).

Laureate Professor Alan Lopez AC 
Melbourne Laureate Professor and the Rowden-White Chair of Global Health and Burden of Disease Management at the University of Melbourne; Director, Bloomberg Initiative for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics at UoM 

for his eminent service to science, both nationally and internationally, as an academic, researcher and author, and to the advancement of planning and policy development to improve public health in developing countries.

Professor James Donovan Best AO (MBBS 1972, MD 1989)

In recognition of his distinguished service to medicine, particularly in the area of endocrinology, to medical education as an academic, researcher and administrator, and to rural and Indigenous health. Former Head of the Melbourne Medical School, Professor Best is one of the Melbourne Medical School’s most distinguished alumni, has been Dean of the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, since mid-2014.

Professor Glenn Bowes AO
Deputy Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

in recognition of his distinguished service to medical education and its administration, to the advancement of child health and welfare, and through contributions to government and professional organisations.

Dr Andrew Cuthbertson AO (BMedSc 1978, MBBS 1980, PhD 1986)

in recognition of his distinguished service to medical science, particularly through the development and delivery of innovative biotherapies to assist public health, and to professional research organisations. As Chief Scientific Officer and Director of Research and Development at CSL Limited, Dr Cuthbertson makes important contributions to improving the health and well-being of humanity and to the collaborative culture of the Parkville Biomedical Precinct.

Professor Douglas James Hilton AO (BScHons 1986 PhD 1990)

Director and Division Head (Molecular Medicine) at Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in recognition of his distinguished service to medical research and education, particularly in the field of haematology, as a molecular biologist and author, to gender equity, and as a mentor of young scientists.

Professor Emeritus Sidney Bloch AM (GDipPsychMed 1970, PhD 1972)

for his significant service to medicine in the field of psychiatry, to medical education as an academic and author, and as a mentor and role model. Professor Sidney Bloch continues to make highly valuable contributions to the life and work of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences in his role as Emeritus Professor to the Department of Psychiatry.

Dr Edward Colin Crawford AM (BDSc 1972, MDSc 1976)

for significant service to dentistry in the field of orthodontics, to professional organisations, and to tertiary education. Dr Crawford has made important contributions to the life and work of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences through his teaching and mentorship of students in the Melbourne Dental School.

Dr John Dewdney AM (BA 1954, MBBS 1961, MD 1975)

for significant service to tertiary education as an academic, researcher and administrator, particularly in the field of public health development.

Dr Elizabeth Finkel AM (PhD1984)

for significant service to the print media as a science journalist and author, and as a supporter of a range of not-for-profit organisations.

Dr John Timothy Kennedy AM (MBBS 1963)

for significant service to medicine, particularly in the field of otolaryngology, to medical education and training, and to the community.

Associate Professor John Owen King AM (MBBS 1966, MD 1973)

for his significant service to medicine as a neurologist, to medical education, to Multiple Sclerosis research and to professional organisations. Associate Professor John King makes important contributions to the life and the work of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences as an honorary staff member of the Department of Medicine at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Professor Joseph Proietto AM (MBBS 1973, PhD 1983)

for significant service to medicine in the field of endocrinology, particularly obesity and diabetes research, and as a clinician, educator and mentor. Professor Joe Proietto makes significant contributions to the life and work of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences as an honorary member of staff to the Department of Medicine at the Austin Hospital.

Dr David Brumley OAM (MBBS 1974)

for service to medicine as a general practitioner, and to palliative care.

Dr Bernard Crimmins OAM (MBBS 1980)

for service to medicine, and to men's health awareness.

Ms Janet Farrow OAM (BSW 1988)

for service to community health through a range of roles.

Dr Gerrit Westerink OAM (GDip in Psychological Medicine 1966)

for service to medicine, particularly in the field of psychiatry.