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Cancer crusader on honours list

Professor O’Brien died on Thursday, three days before he was due to be appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).


The cancer surgeon whose ambition and vision was responsible for the Sydney Cancer Centre at Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred hospital, died in the hospital after a two-and-a-half year battle with brain cancer.

In other awards businessman Malcolm Kinnaird, Justice Peter Underwood and fashion leader and broadcaster Carla Zampatti have all been appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC).

Dr Marguerette Hill has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her humanitarian work in China.

Sister Joan Doyle and Sister Patricia McDermott have also been awarded an OAM for their charity benefiting disadvantaged women and their families in Peru.

Also celebrating an OAM is Joe Hasham, who played the first gay character in an ongoing Australian TV role in raunchy 1970s soap Number 96, and John Michael Howson has been recognised for his service to the entertainment industry as a writer and performer.

Military honours

Several Australian soldiers are recognised in the Queens Birthday Honours.

One Australian soldier has been awarded the Medal for Gallantry for outstanding leadership under fire while attached to Britain’s elite Grenadier Guards in Afghanistan.

Corporal Justin Wayne Huggett, a member of Townsville-based 2RAR, was recognised for acts of gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances with the 1st Battalion The Grenadier Guards Battle Group, in fighting in 2007.

The Medal for Gallantry ranks behind the Victoria Cross and Star of Gallantry.

Corporal Huggett’s citation says he displayed the highest standards of gallantry and personal courage.

Major General Mike Hindmarsh received the Distinguished Service Cross as commander of Australian forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Also awarded the Distinguished Service Cross is Lieutenant Colonel Chris Websdane, the final commander of Australian combat troops in southern Iraq, for distinguished service in his command that led them to achieve exceptional results against the enemy in a complex and challenging environment.