The Governor-General, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO, today congratulated award recipients in The Queen’s Birthday 2012 Honours List. The diversity of service across all fields of endeavour was recognised today with a range of awards within the Australian Honours System. These awards include the contributions from the community as well as Defence, Police, Fire and Emergency Services personnel.
“These awards recognise shining examples of men and women who display the finest community values of respect and giving, dedication and commitment,” Ms Bryce said. “I congratulate those recipients who today receive the highest level of recognition accorded by our nation. They, and all Australian Honours recipients before them, represent what is most important and unifying in Australian life.”
The recipients include 540 exceptional individuals who are receiving awards in the general division of the Order of Australia for their contributions to the community. Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston AC AFC (Ret’d), Chair of the Council of the Order of Australia, echoed the Governor-General’s sentiments. He also stated that: “The awards within the Order of Australia reflect the voices of Australians across the breadth of our great land who have nominated their peers for outstanding service and achievement within the community. Today’s recipients are role models and champions of our national identity. Today we especially draw attention to Australia’s quiet achievers – people who serve without expectation of acknowledgement, but are the backbone of our community,” Air Chief Marshal Houston said.
“Wherever you see your fellow Australians making a difference in the lives of others and strengthening our communities and nation, I encourage you to consider nominating them for recognition within The Order of Australia,” he said.
OFFICERS (AO) OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA
Dr Judith Teng Wah GOH (Gold Coast, Queensland)
For distinguished service to gynaecological medicine, particularly in the field of fistula surgery, and to the promotion of the rights of women and children in developing countries.
Fistula surgeon, Mercy Ship, West Africa, 2003-2007.
Assisted with establishing a fistula unit in Bangladesh, 2003-2004.
Spent 6 months at the Fistula Hospital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1995 and 1996.
Volunteer fistula surgeon, since 1995.
Dr Goh attends the Southport Church of Christ.
MEDAL (OAM) OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA
Mrs Beryl Ruth MARSHALL (Ulverstone, Tasmania)
For service to the community of Ulverstone, and to local government.
Member, Ulverstone Church of Christ, for 17 years.
Volunteer with Lifeline, Australian Red Cross and The Salvation Army.