Human rights and international law expert Professor Hilary Charlesworth, says that Australia's appointment to the UN Human Rights Council gives the country an opportunity to examine its own human rights record.
Ten academics and staff have been recognised for their contributions to academia and the community across a broad range of fields, including molecular biology, psychiatry, osteoporosis research, genomics, pain management, history and social science.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis congratulated those who received Australia Day honours.
“The University community is always very proud of the achievements of our staff, students and alumni,” Prof Davis said.
“On behalf of the University of Melbourne, I congratulate all who received recognition in today’s awards. Such honours celebrate hard work and national contribution. This is a day to accept the accolades of a grateful community.”
Officer (AO) in the General Division
- Professor Marilyn Anne Anderson, Honorary – BioSciences – Principle Fellow, School of Botany, since 1995. For distinguished service to science, and to higher education, particularly to biochemistry and molecular biology, as an academic and researcher, and to professional associations.
- Professor David Copolov OAM, Honorary – Department of Psychiatry – Professorial Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, since 1992. For distinguished service to tertiary education administration, to medicine in the field of psychiatry, to mental health research, and to the community.
- Professor Kate Leslie, Honorary – Melbourne Medical School – Professorial Fellow, Anaesthesia, Perioperative and Pain, Medicine Unit and Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, since 2013. For distinguished service to medicine in the field of anaesthesia and pain management as a clinician and researcher, to higher education, and to professional medical groups.
- Professor Finlay Macrae, Principal Fellow – Faculty of Medicine, Health and Dentistry Sciences – and Deputy Director of the Genomic Disorders Research Centre. For distinguished service to medicine in the field of gastroenterology and genomic disorders as a clinician and academic, and to human health through the Human Variome Project.
- Professor Leon Mann, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences – Professorial Fellow, School of Psychological Sciences, since 2003. For distinguished service to the humanities and social sciences, to tertiary education and professional organisations, and to Jewish history and culture.
Member (AM) in the General Division
- Professor Ego Seeman, Department of Endocrinology, Austin Health – Professor of Medicine for more than 30 years. For significant service to medicine, as a researcher in the fields of osteoporosis and endocrinology, and as a clinician and academic.
- Associate Professor Michael Woodward, Honorary – Austin Health – Principal investigator in excess of 90 research projects and trials. For significant service to medicine, particularly aged care, geriatric medical research, and Alzheimer’s disease, as an author, and to professional groups.
- Jenny McGregor - Founding CEO of AsiaLink at the University of Melbourne - For significant service to Australia-Asia relations, particularly through educational, cultural, business and health programs and networks.
Medal (OAM) in the General Division
- Associate Professor Don Garden, Honorary – Historical and Philosophical Sciences/Geography and Resource Management. Author of Droughts, floods and cyclones: El Ninos that shaped our colonial past. For service to community history and heritage preservation organisations.
- Associate Professor Peter Greenberg, Honorary – School of Medicine – Principal Fellow, Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Royal Melbourne Hospital. For service to medicine, and to population health.