Staff and alumni recognised with Australia Day honours

Adjunct Professor Sue Maslin has joined former staff members and alumni on the 2019 Australia Day honours list.

Maslin, an Adjunct Professor of the School of Media and Communication, was made an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the Australian film industry as a producer, and through roles with professional bodies.

07 February 2019

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She has over 35 years’ experience as a producer, with feature and documentary credits including Michael Kirby - Don't Forget The Justice Bit, The Edge of The Possible, Japanese Story and The Dressmaker, and is highly regarded for her work championing women in the film industry.

“I am hugely honoured and humbled to be recognised in this way,” Maslin said.

“It feels affirming that my contribution to the Australian screen industry, and in particular to advancing women both in front of and behind the camera, has made a real difference”.

Maslin has generously shared her knowledge, skills and connections with RMIT and its students for many years, and has played a central role in helping bridge the gap between education and the film industry.

She is also a proud Ambassador for the Capitol Theatre Appeal, with the venue holding a special place in her heart after her first ever film, Thanks Girls and Goodbye premiered there.

Alumni honours

A number of alumni were also recognised in the Australia Day 2019 list, which was the largest in the history of the Order of Australia.

Retired staff member and alumnus Professor Olaf Drummer was named an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to medicine in the field of forensic toxicology, to medical education, and to professional groups. He is currently the Head of Forensic Scientific Services at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine.

Brenda Appleton was awarded a Medal in the General Division of the Order of Australia for service to the LGBTIQ community of Victoria. Appleton is co-chair of the Victorian Government’s LGBTI Taskforce and Chair of Transgender Victoria.

Dr Cindy ‘Lou’ Bennett, a Yorta Yorta/Dja Dja Wurrung songwriter, performer and academic was named a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia for significant service to the performing arts, particularly to music, and to the Indigenous community. Bennett was a member of internationally acclaimed trio Tiddas and a co-founder of Black Arm Band.

Hayley Bolding was awarded a Medal in the General Division of the Order of Australia for service to international relations through educational and business initiatives. Bolding founded a non-profit organisation in India when she was just 23 years old and is now the Program Lead for the Asia focused work at the Foundation for Youth Australians.

James McCarthy received a Medal in the General Division of the Order of Australia for service to the community through social welfare organisations. McCarthy is the current Chairperson of community organisations No To Violence and C-Collective, sits on the Board of commUnit+ and has over 20 years’ experience as a social worker.

More alumni recognised

  • Claudia Barker received a Medal in the General Division of the Order of Australia for service to the community through a range of musical organisations.
  • Gavin Blue received a Medal in the General Division of the Order of Australia for service to the community.
  • Madeleine Buchner received a Medal (OAM) in the General Division for service to youth.
  • Helen Coleman was awarded a Medal (OAM) in the General Division for services to the community.
  • Christine Durham received a Medal (OAM) in the General Division for service to education.
  • Professor Rhonda Galbally was named a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia for eminent service to the advancement of social equity, and to the community.
  • Group Captain Gregory Hoffmann was named a Member in the Military Division in the Order of Australia for exceptional service in aerospace acquisition and sustainment for the Australian Defence Force.
  • David Malin was awarded Member in the General Division in the Order of Australia for significant service to science as an astronomer and astrophotographer.
  • The late Lorraine Patten (Aunty Bunta) was awarded a posthumous Medal (OAM) in the General Division for service to the Indigenous community of Victoria.
  • Vicki Standish was named Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia for significant service to the community through philanthropic initiatives.
  • Dr Jacqueline Watts was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division for service to local government, and to the community of Melbourne.
  • Graeme Williams received a Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division for service to the visual arts.

The Australia Day 2019 list recognised 1,127 outstanding and inspirational Australians from across the fields of government, the arts, sport, business, philanthropy, science, the military, public service and emergency services.

 

Story: Jacqui Flint

 
07 February 2019

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