University community recognised in 2024 Australia Day Honours

January 26, 2024

Professor Cobb-Clark joined the School of Economics in 2016 where she holds the position of Professor and Deputy Head of School (Research). Professor Christopher MaherProfessor, Sydney School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health and Founding Director, Institute of Musculoskeletal Health, Sydney Local Health District. For significant service to physiotherapy as a researcher, clinician and mentor, particularly in the field of pain management. For significant service to soil science through research and education, and to the development of digital mapping techniques. For significant service to science in the field of ecology and evolution.

Officer of the Order of Australia in the General Division (AO)

Professor Julie Leask  
Professor Julie Leask was recognised for distinguished service to health and medical research, policy advice, and to enhancing community understanding of immunisation. 

Professor Leask is among 49 Australians honoured for their contribution in support of Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, whose names will be included in an ongoing and permanent COVID-19 honour roll. 

Professor Leask joined the University of Sydney as a Conjoint Lecturer in the School of Public Health and Children’s Hospital Westmead. She now co-leads the Social and Behavioural Insights research group and is a member of Sydney Infectious Diseases Institute. Professor Leask’s research explores the social and behavioural aspects of vaccination and prevention of infectious diseases, including SARS-CoV-2. Professor Leask was a trusted name during the COVID-19 pandemic, helping the media and public navigate complex and evolving vaccination and public health information. 

Professor Deborah Cobb-Clark
Professor Deborah Cobb-Clark was recognised for distinguished service to economic research, tertiary education, and the social sciences.  

Professor Cobb-Clark joined the School of Economics in 2016 where she holds the position of Professor and Deputy Head of School (Research). In addition, Professor Cobb-Clark is a member of the University’s Brain and Mind Centre  and the  Charles Perkin Centre; Director of the Program in Gender and Families at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany; a Chief Investigator in the  ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course; and an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

Her research centres on the effect of social policy on labour market outcomes including immigration, sexual and racial harassment, health, old-age support, education and youth transitions.

Professor Ian Hickie 
Professor Ian Hickie was recognised for distinguished service to psychiatric research and reforms as an advocate for improved mental health care and awareness. 

Professor Hickie joined Sydney Medical School in 2003 as a Professor of Psychiatry and Executive Director of the Brain and Mind Research Institute, which would go on to become the Brain and Mind Centre where he has been Co-Director of Health and Policy since 2014. In addition, Professor Hickie was an inaugural Commissioner on Australia’s National Mental Health Commission from 2012 to 2018, overseeing enhanced accountability for mental health reform and suicide prevention. 

Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the General Division

Professor Anthony Harris
Professor of Psychiatry, Westmead Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine and Health

For significant service to mental health as a clinician and academic.

Professor Christopher Maher
Professor, Sydney School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health and Founding Director, Institute of Musculoskeletal Health, Sydney Local Health District.

For significant service to physiotherapy as a researcher, clinician and mentor, particularly in the field of pain management.

Professor Alexander McBratney
Director, Sydney Institute of Agriculture and Professor of Digital Agriculture and Soil Science, Faculty of Science.

For significant service to soil science through research and education, and to the development of digital mapping techniques.

Professor Glenda Wardle
School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science.

For significant service to science in the field of ecology and evolution.

Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division

Professor Elizabeth New
Professor, School of Chemistry, Faculty of Science.

For service to science as a researcher in chemical biology and molecular imaging.

The source of this news is from University of Sydney

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