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Friday 25 September 2020

His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland, today presented Australian Honours and Awards to the following Queenslanders:

MR MICHAEL JOHN WALSH

PUBLIC SERVICE MEDAL

For outstanding public service to the health sector in Queensland, as Director-General of Queensland Health overseeing the roll-out of the 20-year ICT strategy in over 20 hospitals, the building of frontline sevices, and the planning of a massive hospital rebuilding program, and through service on boards, including as Chair of the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council and as a board member of the Australian Digitial Health Agency.

MRS VICKI WARREN

MEDAL OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE GENERAL DIVISION

For service to softball, and to hockey, in leadership, coaching, coordinating and other roles for Softball Maryborough, Incas Softball Club and All Stars Softball Club, and as a player, official, convenor, team manager and committee member for Hockey Queensland, Maryborough District Hockey Association, Granville Hockey Club and Army Escorts Hockey Club. 

MISS BEVERLEY JEAN WEAVER

MEDAL OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE GENERAL DIVISION

For service to conservation and the environment, and to the community, as a volunteer and Group Leader for the Zion Hill Bushcare Group, Kedron Brook Catchment Network, and as a volunteer for the Nundah Low Vision Support Group.

MR COLIN ERNEST WESTON

MEDAL OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE GENERAL DIVISION

For service to the Uniting Church in Australia and to the community, as administrator of the Mooloolaba Uniting Church and member of the Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care Committee of the Buderim Private Hospital, and through the Grace Christian Church, Buderim and the Community Bible and Pastoral Group of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Australia.

SERGEANT IAN JOHN LEAVERS

AUSTRALIAN POLICE MEDAL

For service to the Queensland Police Service, as a General Duties Officer throughout Queensland, including with the Criminal Investigation Branch, Juvenile Aid Bureau, Traffic Branch and the Accident Investigation Squad, as an advocate for improvements in wages, conditions and entitlements for Queensland Police Officers as General President of the Queensland Police Union of Employees and Vice-President of the Police Federation of Australia, and through appointments to a range of Boards and advisory bodies in several fields. 

MR HERBERT MORSLEY WHARTON

MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE GENERAL DIVISION

For significant service to the literary arts, to poetry, and to the Indigenous community, through poetry publications, the Goondiwindi Poetry and Arts Festival, and mapping Indigenous stories of the Murray Darling Rivers, and as a Trustee of the Eulo Aboriginal Reserve and board member of Cunnamulla Aboriginal Housing Co-op.

DR LYNDALL JOAN WHITE

MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE GENERAL DIVISION

For significant service to medicine, to psychiatry, and to perinatal and infant mental health, through positions at Belmont Private Hospital, Brisbane, and the Queensland Centre for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health, and through other specialist psychiatry positions and leadership roles with the Queensland Branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Section of Perinatal and Infant Psychiatry, and the Marcé Society.

MR NORMAN LESLIE WOTHERSPOON

PUBLIC SERVICE MEDAL

For outstanding public service in leading the provision of Centrelink services to the Western Downs region of Queensland,  through the Dalby Service Centre, demonstrating commitment to quality outcomes, achieving strong results for staff productivity, customer service, and reduced wait times, and providing support to Community Agents from Services Australia to service their communities.

DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR PATRICIA YATES

MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE GENERAL DIVISION

For significant service to tertiary education, to cancer and palliative care nursing, and to medical research, through executive, academic, professorial and other leadership roles at Queensland University of Technology and the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital, and through extensive research and publications, and contributions to international, national and State professional associations.

PROFESSOR JEANINE YOUNG

MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE GENERAL DIVISION

For significant service to tertiary education, to medical research, and to nursing, through teaching, research, advisory and governance roles, particularly in the field of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy, in higher education and health service institutions, professional bodies and committees, and Red Nose Australia, and through the publication of books and research papers.

SENIOR SERGEANT DAVID JAMES RUTHERFORD

AUSTRALIAN POLICE MEDAL

For service to the Queensland Police Service, as a General Duties Officer, Investigator and Prosecutor and as Officer-in-Charge at remote communities in Queensland, establishing enhanced rapport and positive relationships between Indigenous communities and the QPS through community engagement activities and dedication to community safety.