Monash Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences celebrated in Queen’s Birthday Honours

The extraordinary achievements of the Monash Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences community were formally recognised with Queen’s Birthday Honours this year.

Awards were bestowed to staff, alumni and supporters by the Governor General of Australia on Monday 10 June 2019.  We are extremely proud of their achievements and service to the community through research, education, clinical practice and leadership.

Among these was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Professor Christina Mitchell. Prof Mitchell was awarded the appointment Officer in the General Division (AO) in recognition for distinguished service to medicine.

"I am extremely honoured and very humbled by the Award. It is wonderful to be recognised to have made a contribution to haematology and academic leadership," said Professor Mitchell.

Prof Mitchell trained as a physician scientist specialising in clinical haematology. She received a degree in Medicine from Melbourne University and consultant training in haematology at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, and a PhD from Monash University. In 1999 she was appointed Professor and Head of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Monash University; in 2006 became Head of the School of Biomedical Sciences, and in 2011 became Monash’s Dean of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.  Prof Mitchell is also the Head of the Intracellular Signalling in Development, Cancer and Human Disease group within the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute.

The major research direction of her group is to characterise the metabolic pathways that regulate phosphoinositide signalling in human cancer. Prof Mitchell’s group was among the first to purify and clone the 5-phosphatases and to delineate the substrates for these important enzymes in cancer.

We recognise and congratulate all the members of the Monash Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences community honoured in the 2019 awards, including current Monash staff:

Officer of Order of Australia (AO):

  • Professor Christina Mitchell AO: For distinguished service to medicine in the field of haematology, to medical education and research, and to academic leadership.

Member of the Order of Australia (AM):

  • Dr Christine Ball AM: For significant service to anaesthesiology, and to medical education.
  • Associate Professor Tony Buzzard AM: For significant service to the international education sector, and to medical science.
  • Professor Michael Grigg AM: For significant service to medicine as a vascular surgeon.
  • Professor Stuart Hooper AM: For significant service to medical research in the field of foetal lung and cardiorespiratory development.
  • Professor Geoffrey Isbister AM: For significant service to medical research in the field of toxicology.
  • Professor Jayashri Kulkarni AM: For significant service to medicine in the field of psychiatry.
  • Professor Malcolm Sim AM: For significant service to occupational and environmental medicine.
  • Dr Richard Stark AM: For significant service to neurological medicine, and to professional associations.

View the full roll of Monash University's Queen’s Birthday Honours 2019.