The University of Western Australia congratulates the outstanding members of its community for being recognised in this year’s Australia Day honours.
UWA alumni, Dr Catherine Keenan, was named Australia’s Local Hero for her work in co-founding a not-for-profit creative writing centre, the Sydney Story factory, which helps disadvantaged young people improve their written and oral communication skills.
She was one of 813 Australians across the country recognised on the Australia day 2016 Honour List.
The sister of Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan, Dr Keenan was born in Perth and completed a Bachelor of English at UWA before earning her doctorate in English Literature from Oxford University.
Researcher at UWA’s Centre for Respiratory Health, Dr Susan Jenkins, was awarded a Medal (OAM) in the General Division for service to medicine, particularly in the field of pulmonary rehabilitation. Dr Jenkins and her colleague Nola Cecins (OAM) are responsible for providing the pulmonary rehabilitation service in the Physiotherapy Department at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.
Executive Officer at the Respiratory Health Institute, Cameron Agnew said Dr Jenkins is well known for her work in physiotherapy and respiratory diseases.
“This is fantastic recognition for the contribution Sue has made in field and is a reflection of the high standing she has both in the industry and among her peers,” Mr Agnew said.
UWA would also like to congratulate its other alumni who received much deserved honours on Australia Day.
Graduates Brian Easton (BA 1968) and Professor Peter Sly (DSc 2003) were among them, both appointed an Officer (AO) in the General Division for their services to conservation and the environment and medical research and education.
Awarded an AM:
Dr Bronte Adams, AM (BA 1985)
Dr Barry Chesson, AM (BSc 1968)
Mr Ronald Fritschy, AM (BEc 1975)
Mrs Tonya McCusker, AM (LLB 1995)
Dr Neville Marchant, AM (BSc 1963)
Emeritus Professor John Nevile, AM (BA Hons) 1955)
Awarded an OAM:
Mr Basil Best, OAM (BA 1959; DipEd 1961)
Mrs Christine Curry, OAM (BA 1991)
Mr Craig James, OAM (LLB 1974)
His Honour Judge George Sadleir, OAM (LLB 1961)
Mr Alan Tough, OAM (BE Hons) 1962; MBA 1977)
Mr James Trevaskis, OAM (BA 1951; MA 1962; DipEd 1967)
Mr Peter Walton, OAM (BArch 1974)
Vale - Dr Shirley Watt, OAM (BSc Agric) 1948; PhD 1976)
David Stacey (UWA Media and Public Relations Manager) (+61 8) 6488 3229 / (+61 4) 32 637 716