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AMA members honoured in Australia Day awards

The AMA congratulates 20 members who have been recognised in this year's Australia Day Honours, including Australian of the Year Professor Georgina Long AO.

AMA members have been honoured in the 2024 Australia Day Awards

The list includes Professor Kelvin Kong, Australia’s first Indigenous surgeon, who was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).

The Honourable Dr Brian Pezzutti, a former member of the NSW Legislative Council and decorated Army Reserve officer, was also made a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition for his significant service to the NSW parliament and community health.

AMA President Professor Steve Robson said all the AMA recipients had distinguished themselves and had served the medical profession and the community with distinction. 

He also congratulated AMA member Professor Long, who was named Australian of the Year alongside Professor Richard Scoyler AO for their outstanding work in developing a series of world-first treatments for melanoma, saving thousands of lives.

“I want to offer my congratulations to all of the recipients for their outstanding efforts,” Professor Robson said. 

“Australia has one of the best trained medical workforces in the world and continues to achieve outstanding health outcomes for the community,” Professor Robson said.  

“These awards once again recognise the outstanding contribution that doctors make to society.”  

The Member of the Order of Australia recipients include Dr Kelvin Kong — Australia’s first Indigenous surgeon, and one of the first winners of the AMA’s Indigenous Medical Scholarship. 

The Chief Executive Officer of AMA Tasmania, Ms Lara Giddings, was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to the people, community, and the Parliament of Tasmania.  
The AMA member award recipients are: 

Member of the Order of Australia - AM 

Medal of the Order of Australia - OAM 

Dr Brian Pezzutti, NSW

Associate Professor Kathleen Tymms, ACT 

Dr Glendon Farrow, NSW 

Dr Robin Fitzsimons, NSW 

Dr Peter Frederiksen, NSW 

Emeritus Professor Adrian Polglase, Vic 

Dr Anne Knight, NSW 

Associate Professor Matthew Chu, NSW 

Dr Christine Longman, VIc 

Emeritus Professor John Wark, Vic 

Dr Christine McConnell, Qld 

Professor Kirsten Auret, WA 

Dr Robert North, NSW 

Professor Chartlotte Hespe, NSW 

Dr Matthew Young, Qld 

Professor Kelvin Kong, NSW 

Dr David Stabler, Qld 

Associate Professor Felix Behan, Vic 


Associate Professor Graham Gumley, NSW 

Dr Robin Cooke, QLD


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