Of the highest order

29 January 2020

The University of Queensland’s 2019 Alumnus of the Year, Dr Paul Eliadis AM, has been named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in this year's Australia Day Honours for his significant service to medicine and charitable initiatives.

Dr Eliadis (Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery ’77, Bachelor of Science ’78) is a leading clinical haematologist and oncologist with over 35 years’ experience in the field, focusing on malignant disorders and stem cell transplants.

Dr Paul Eliadis AM
Dr Paul Eliadis AM

In 1988, he co-founded Icon Cancer Care, the biggest and most progressive provider of haematological and oncological day services in Australia. He is also a patron of several philanthropic ventures, including as a board member for UQ’s Not If, When – the Campaign to Create Change. In 2013, he established the Paul Eliadis Chair in Classics and Ancient History at UQ, to cement the important role of the classics and ancient history in 21st Century education.

Dr Eliadis is also an active member of the Alumni Friends of the University of Queensland Inc – the University’s first alumni association formed in 1967.

Two other members of Alumni Friends were also recognised in the honours list, receiving Medals of the Order of Australia (OAM). Mrs Joan Cribb OAM (Bachelor of Science ‘53, Master of Science ‘54) was acknowledged for service to higher education as a botanist, and to the community; and Dr Stephen Papas OAM (Bachelor of Dental Science ‘56) for service to the community, and to dentistry.

 Geoff Lawrence.
Mrs Joan Cribb OAM, pictured in 2017 presenting the trophy to Men’s Great Court Race Winner, Max Whiteoak. Picture: Geoff Lawrence.

Among other graduates of the University recognised in the honours list were Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland, The Honourable Chief Justice Catherine Holmes AC  (Bachelor of Laws ‘80, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) ‘89, Master of Laws (Advanced) ‘98, Doctor of Laws honoris causa ‘16) who was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), and former politician and Dr Mary Crawford AM (Bachelor of Arts ‘68, Graduate Diploma of Education ‘69), who was named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).

A number of staff and former staff of the University – many of whom are also graduates – were honoured with awards, including:

  • Emeritus Professor Raymond Specht AO, former head of the UQ botany department – Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO).
  • Professor Matt Sanders AO, Triple P founder and alumnus (Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology) ‘81) – Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).
  • Emeritus Professor Warren Bebbington AM, former UQ head of music – Member of the Order of Australia (AM).
  • Professor Anthony Cassimatis AM, TC Beirne School of Law Professor and alumnus (Bachelor of Arts ‘85, Bachelor of Laws ‘88, Doctor of Philosophy (Law) ‘04) – Member of the Order of Australia (AM).
  • Emeritus Professor Cindy Shannon AM, former UQ Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Education) and alumnus (Bachelor of Arts ‘86, Doctor of Social Science ‘04) – Member of the Order of Australia (AM).
  • Emeritus Professor Edward White AM, longstanding School of Chemical Engineering academic  and alumnus (Bachelor of Applied Science ‘56, Bachelor of Science ‘60) – Member of the Order of Australia (AM).

Congratulations to all UQ community members recognised in the honours list:

Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)

Professor Margaret Gardner AC – former staff

The Honourable Chief Justice Catherine Holmes AC – alumnus

Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)

Judge Sarah Bradley AO – alumnus

Professor Peter McIntyre AO – alumnus

The Honourable Campbell Newman AO – alumnus

Professor Matthew Sanders AO – alumnus and staff

Emeritus Professor Raymond Specht AO – former staff

Dr Neil Wetzig AO – alumnus

Dr Robyn Williams AO – alumnus

Member of the Order of Australia (AM)

Dr Alyson Auliff AM – alumnus

Emeritus Professor Warren Bebbington AM – former staff

Professor Anthony Cassimatis AM – alumnus and staff

Professor Pierre Chapuis AM – alumnus

Ms Marita Cowie AM – alumnus

Dr Mary Crawford AM – alumnus

Professor Richard De Dear AM – alumnus

Dr Paul Eliadis AM – alumnus

Mr George Fox AM – alumnus

Dr Janice Hills AM – alumnus

Dr Vedella Hinckley AM – alumnus

Mrs Trina Hockley AM – alumnus

Dr Barry Kelly AM – alumnus

Mr Ken MacDonald AM – alumnus

Ms Jenni Mack AM – alumnus and supporter

The Reverend Canon Dr John Morgan AM – alumnus

Mr David Paratz AM – alumnus

The late Professor Steven Raine AM – alumnus

Dr Peter Riddles AM – alumnus

Emeritus Professor Cindy Shannon AM – alumnus and former staff

Emeritus Professor Edward White AM – alumnus and former staff

Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)

Dr Don Campbell OAM – alumnus

Mr Michael Choi OAM – alumnus

Mrs Joan Cribb OAM – alumnus

Dr Murray Garde OAM – alumnus

Mr James Goodworth OAM – alumnus

Dr Morris Lee OAM – alumnus of Queensland Agricultural College (QAC)

Mr John McCoy OAM – alumnus

Dr Sarah Midgley OAM – alumnus

Dr Stephen Papas OAM – alumnus

Mr Edward Ralston OAM – alumnus

Professor Sarva Daman Singh OAM – alumnus

Dr John Stanisic OAM – alumnus

Public Service Medal (PSM)

Mr Colin Cassidy PSM – alumnus

Mrs Helen Ferguson PSM – alumnus

Mr Greg Shanahan PSM – alumnus

Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC)

Mr Michael Ahern CSC – alumnus

Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM)

Mr Bevan Love AFSM – alumnus

Australian Corrections Medal (ACM)

Miss Jenny Lynas ACM - alumnus

For further information on the above awardees, or to view all 2020 Australia Day Award recipients, visit the Governor-General’s website.