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The Order of Australia

The Order of Australia is the principal means of recognising outstanding members of the community at a national level. Anyone can nominate a member of the community for recognition through the Order. The Order of Australia was established in 1975 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The Order of Australia is awarded at four levels:

  • Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) – for eminent achievement and merit of the highest degree in service to Australia or to humanity at large.
  • Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) – for distinguished service of a high degree to Australia or humanity at large.
  • Member of the Order of Australia (AM) – for significant service in a particular locality or field of activity or to a particular group.
  • Order of Australia Medal (OAM) – for service worthy of particular recognition.

A number of optometrists have received an award within the Order of Australia, for service to either academia, clinical practice, the optical industry or professional leadership. A few have been recognised for services other than to optometry, and one person who is not an optometrist has been recognised for services to optometry. All of these awards are tabulated below, ranked by level of award, and chronologically within each level.

This listing has been based on exhaustive research, but it may be incomplete; if you are aware of any omissions, please notify Optometry Australia and the record will be put right.

RECIPIENT YEAR (a)CITATIONCAREER (b)STATE (c)
Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)
EFRON, Nathan2015 QFor eminent service to medicine in the field of clinical optometry, particularly to vision correction and corneal physiology, as an academic, researcher and author, to the treatment of juvenile diabetes, and through executive roles with national and international professional organisationsProfessor, QUTQLD
Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)
COLE, Barry Leighton 1987 AIn recognition of service to medicine, particularly in the field of optometry Professor, UoM VIC
GLASSON, William John (d)2008 AFor service to medicine through contributions to people in rural and remote areas, to the eye health of Indigenous people, and to professional medical organisationsOptometrist and ophthalmologistQLD
Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
WRIGHT, Charles Frederick1977 QFor service to optometry, especially as the official historian of the Australian Optometrical Association, and for his civic involvement in AdelaideHistorian, OASA
PANK, David Leon1980 QFor service to industryOphthalmic lens manufacturer SA
TREVAKS, Gadd (d)1994 QFor services to health care administration and to medicineOptometrist and medical practitioner VIC
SMITH, Damien Patrick1995 AFor service to optometry particularly through the promotion of eye care in the Asia-Pacific regionPresident, World Optometry CouncilVIC
EZEKIEL, Donald Frederick1997 AIn recognition of service to the optometrical profession and to the development of the scleral contact lensContact lens manufacturer WA
JOHNSTON, Alan William1997 AFor service to optometric research and education in the Asia-Pacific regionProfessor, UNSWNSW
BOWMAN, Kenneth John1999 AFor service to education and to optometry, particularly through the Queensland University of TechnologyProfessor, QUTQLD
WATKINS, Rodney Dennis2005 QFor service to optics and optometry through the development and manufacture of ophthalmic equipment designed for use in remote locations throughout the worldOphthalmic instruments entrepreneurSA
SIMS, Norman Brian2006 AFor service to medicine, particularly through the establishment of the Lions Low Vision Clinic, and to people with a visual impairmentOptometrist in practice TAS
WESTHEIMER, Gerald2009 QFor service to vision science as a researcher, through optometric education and as a mentorProfessor, UC BerkeleyUSA
ANJOU, Mitchell David2013 AFor significant service to optometry and public health, particularly in the Indigenous community, as a researcher, clinician and educatorOptometry researcher and administratorVIC
CHAKMAN, Joseph (e)2014 AFor significant service to optometry and public health, particularly through policy reformExecutive Director, OAVIC
KNIPE, Michael George2015 AFor significant service to optometry through executive roles with professional organisations, and to the community of Timor-LesteOptometrist in practice TAS
ISAACS, Alan2015 QFor significant service to medical education, particularly in the field of ophthalmology, and to professional organisationsOptometrist and ophthalmologistVIC
BOOTH, Jason Mathew2016 QFor significant service to optometry as a clinical educator, to professional organisations, and to international humanitarian eye care programsOptometrist in practiceSA
AUGUSTEYN, Robert Cornelis (e)2019 AFor significant service to vision science and eye health researchDirector, NVRIVIC
McKINNON, Timothy James2019 AFor significant service to the community of Moss Vale, and to international health programsOptometrist in practiceNSW
Order of Australia Medal (OAM)
LANE, Richard George (d)1980 QFor service to the sport of scuba divingOptometrist in practiceTAS
ELLIOTT, John Fletcher1981 QIn recognition of service to medicine, particularly in the field of optometryOptometrist in practice QLD
BYRNE, Eugene Allan Norbert (d)1982 QIn recognition of service to the sport of Rugby UnionOptometrist in practice QLD
COCKBURN, David Michael1982 QIn recognition of service to optometryOptometrist in practice VIC
LAYLAND, Brian1982 QFor service to optometryNational President, OANSW
SWEET, James William Fletcher (d)1982 QFor service to the sport of rifle shootingOptometrist in practice NSW
HEWETT, John Lloyd1989 QFor service to optometryEditor, CXONSW
LAWSON, Geoffrey Francis (d)1990 QFor service to cricketInternational cricketer NSW
HOLDEN, Brien Anthony1997 AFor service to optometry, for contact lens research and educationProfessor, UNSWNSW
GIBSON, Anthony John2004 QFor service to optometry, particularly through the eye clinic at Royal Melbourne Hospital, and to the community of Park OrchardsOptometrist in practice VIC
HILL, Graham Ormond2005 AFor service to optometry through the Victorian College of Optometry and through the establishment of regional eye care services, and to the communityPresident, ACOVIC
BANKS, Margaret McNeill2005 QFor service to children with vision impairments through contributions in the specialised field of behavioural optometryOptometrist in practice VIC
KIRKWOOD, Rodney Arthur (d)2006 AFor service to medicine as an ophthalmologist and to the community of MackayOptometrist and ophthalmologistQLD
DWYER, Peter Stanway2007 QFor service to optometry through executive roles in professional organisations, the establishment of a nationally consistent competency-based approach to the registration of practitioners and as a researcher in the field of paediatricsFoundation Chairman, OCANZ VIC
GALLOWAY, John Athol (d)2008 AFor service to the community of Tamworth through a range of youth, service and church organisationsOptometrist in practice NSW
COSANDEY, Dorothy May (d)2010 AFor service to people with a disability through voluntary roles with the Teralba Association, and to the community of MapletonOptometrist in practiceQLD
HANKS, Anthony John2010 QFor service to optometry, and to the community of Port MacquarieOptometrist in practiceNSW
WALDRON, Heather Esme2012 QFor service to community health in the field of optometry, and to the communityOptometrist in practiceQLD
NATHAN, Jonathan2013 QFor service to medical education, particularly in the field of optometryPresident, ACOVIC
DUFFY, Jane Francis2014 QFor service to community health, particularly through optometry servicesFoundation Managing Director, OCANZ VIC
LEWIS, Peter Wayne2014 QFor service to optometry, particularly eye care in Indonesia and Timor-LesteOptometrist in practice VIC
STEWART, Peter Duthie2014 QFor service to the international community through the provision of eye health programsOptometrist in practice VIC
WALTON, Susan Kathleen2014 QFor service to community health, and to people with a disabilityOptometrist in practice NSW
CHU, Shu-Nam Samuel (d)2016 AFor service to the community through a range of organisationsOptometrist in practice NSW
FARMER, John William2017 AFor service to optometry, and to the communityOptometrist in practice VIC
ROTH, Mark2017 AFor service to therapeutic optometry, and to professional bodiesOptometrist in practice VIC
HERBERT, Kenneth Cyril (d)2019 AFor service to sailingOptometrist in practice NSW

a) A, Australia Day honours list; Q, Queen’s Birthday honours list
b) Primary career activity at the time of the award. ACO, Australian College of Optometry; CXO, Clinical and Experimental Optometry; NVRI, National Vision Research Institute of Australia; OA, Optometry Australia; OCANZ, Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand; QUT, Queensland University of Technology; UC, University of California; UNSW, University of New South Wales; UoM, University of Melbourne
c) State/country of residence at the time of the award. NSW, New South Wales; QLD, Queensland; SA, South Australia; TAS, Tasmania; USA, United States of America; VIC, Victoria; WA, Western Australia.
d) Optometrist, but recognised for services other than to optometry
e) Not an optometrist, but recognised for services to optometry

More information on the history of the award can be found here.

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