Mater People recognised in Australia Day Honours

29/Jan/2019     HealthMater GroupResearch

Mater congratulates the four Mater People recognised in this year’s Australia Day Honours list; Dr Carrie Hillyard and Dr Geraldine Moses were made a Member in the General Division (AM) and Dr Ian Airey and Mr Brian Daley received a Medal in the General Division (OAM).

The Order of Australia is the principal and most prestigious means of recognising outstanding members of the community at a national level.

Dr Ian Airey is Director of Acute Care Services at Mater Health and was awarded a Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division for service to the community through the Wesley Mission Queensland.

Dr Airey has had a long involvement with Wesley Mission Queensland as a member of the Albert Street Uniting Church and is Chair of the Wesley Mission Queensland Council.

As a member of the UnitingCare Queensland Board, Dr Airey has a strong knowledge of aged care, hospital and community service activities and is the Chairman of Wesley Mission Queensland’s art program, Art from the Margins (AFTM) which he established in 2008 with the vision to enrich the lives of people living with profound adversity, through art. Through AFTM exhibitions, talented artists are identified and offered professional development. The impact on the artists’ wellbeing is remarkably positive, enriching their lives with positive health outcomes.

Mater Research Board Deputy Chair Dr Carmel Hillyard received a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her significant service to science, particularly in the area of medical biotechnology research, and to the community.

Dr Hillyard is a Fellow and member of the board of the Australian Academy of Technologyand Engineering and as co-founder of CM Capital she led the Life Sciences practice at CM Capital for more than 10 years. Dr Hillyard has published more than 100 research papers, mainly in the fields of calcium regulation and diagnostics. An inventor of a number of patents, Carrie has been involved in the complete product lifecycle, responsible for the development of new products from basic research to commercialisation.

As a member of a number of Federal and State government boards and advisory bodies, Dr Hillyard provided advice on the development of the biotechnology and venture capital industries and currently serves on the board of Fitgenes Ltd. Awarded a Centenary medal in 2003, Dr Hillyard has bought her experience to the Mater Research Board since 2007. Carrie mentors a number of young women scientists and is a strong support of the Grants for Outstanding Women at Mater Research through the Mater Foundation.

Dr Geraldine Moses (DClinPharm) is a Consultant Medicines Information Pharmacist at Mater and was awarded Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for significant service to medicine as a pharmacist, particularly through advisory and educational roles. She is a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Fellow of the Australian College of Pharmacy, and honorary Lifetime Member of NPS MedicineWise.

Among the many roles and achievements for which she has been cited, Dr Geraldine Moses provides a national medicines advisory service for the Australian Dental Association (ADA) called PharmaAdvice.  She was pivotal in the establishment of three drug information helplines for the general public all of which were originally based at Mater: the Queensland Medication Helpline (1995-2001), the NPS Medicines Line (2001-10) and the Adverse Medicine Events Line (2002-2012), the latter two now operate out of Sydney. She has been recognised for her work in pharmacy education as Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Pharmacy, University of Queensland since 2015 and as a director for PharmEducation since 2010 providing medicine-related continuing education to a wide range of health professionals in the community.

Geraldine also consults to organisations including the Department of Veterans Affairs, the New Zealand Dental Association, NPS MedicineWise, Queensland Office of Health Ombudsman and the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care.

Mr Brian Daley, who has volunteered at Mater since 2013, was awarded an OAM for service to the community through a range of organisations. He was founding President of the Balmoral Local Ambulance Committee, from 1994-2013 and a member of Mount Gravatt Local Ambulance Committee and the Local Ambulance Committee Reference Group.

Mr Daley is known for his service with the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Association Queensland, Australian Army Apprentices Association Inc, Australian Army Reserve Association, Mater Health in South Brisbane, KJ McPherson Education and Research Foundation and St Vincent de Paul Society.

Mater Group Chief Executive Officer Dr Peter Steer recognised the outstanding achievements of all four Mater People.

“On behalf of Mater Group, I offer my sincerest congratulations on these well-deserved awards,” Dr Steer said.

“This is a significant achievement and we are fortunate and very proud to have such outstanding people working at, and associated with, Mater.”

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