Queen’s Birthday Awards

June 13, 2011 by J-Wire Staff
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This year’s Queen’s Birthday awards, recognises amongst others, the achievements of Lisa Jackson Pulver…a Jewish Aboriginal who is president of the Newtown Synagogue in Sydney….



Clinical Professor JACK GOLDBLATT

Jack Goldblatt

Genetic Services of Western Australia, King Edward Memorial Hospital, Subiaco WA

For service to medicine in the area of human genetics as a clinician and researcher, and to professional associations

Director, Genetic Services of Western Australia, King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women, since 1989; Director, Familial Cancer Program, since 2000.

Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee, since 2007; Member, since 1989.

Executive Board Member, since 2007.

Member, Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Committee, 2004-2007.

Consultant Clinical Geneticist, Prince Margaret Hospital for Children, Perth, since 1988.

Clinical Professor, School of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Western Australia, since 2002; Clinical Associate Professor, since 1996.

Academic Supervisor of Honours, PhD students and Fellows in training.

President, Human Genetics Society of Australasia, 1995-1997; Vice-President, 1993-1995; Member, since 1989.

Member, European Society of Human Genetics, since 2004.

Member, Medical Advisory Committee, Association of Genetic Support of Australasia, since 1989.

President, Human Genetics Society of Western Australia, 1990-1994.

Fellow, The Royal Australasian College of Physicians, since 1989.

Australian Coordinator, International Collaborative Gaucher Group Registry, since its formation.

Member, European Board, International Collaborative Gaucher Registry, since 2007.

Member, International Board, International Collaborative Gaucher Registry, 2001-2007.

Member, International Gaucher Collaborative Group, since 2000.

Professor Goldblatt is involved in the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing’s Life Saving Drugs Program and its four advisory committees, as follows:

–  Chairman, Gaucher Advisory Committee, since 1994.

–  Member, Fabry Advisory Committee, since 2003.

–  Member, Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS) Advisory Committee, since 2008.

–  Member, Infantile-onset Pompe Disease Advisory Committee.

Member, West Australian Genetic Council, since 2002.

Member, Cancer Foundation Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee, since 2002.

Member, St John of God Health Care Scientific Review Committee, since 2002.

Current Member, Short Statured People of Australia Advisory Board.

Member, Sub-Committee for Review of Clinical Genetic Services, Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council, 2001-2003.

Member, Medical Council of Western Australia, 1999-2001.

Member, Genetic Testing Clinical Advisory Group (HIC), 1999-2000.

Executive Board Member, International Federation of Human Genetic Societies, 1996-1998.

Member, Specialist Advisory Committee for Clinical Genetics Training, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 1994-1997.

Professor Goldblatt told J-Wire: “As an immigrant from South Africa who arrived in Australia 23 years ago this is absolute recognition of not just myself but the excellent team which I have the privilege to lead.”


Professor Lisa Rae JACKSON PULVER, Erskineville NSW 2043

For service to medical education, particularly through the Muru Marri Indigenous Health Unit at the University of New South Wales, and as a supporter of educational opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Lisa Jackson Pulver

Co-Founder and Director, Muru Marri Indigenous Health Unit, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales; Professor of Indigenous Health.

Professor of Public Health, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales; Inaugural Chair of Indigenous Health.

Adjunct Professor, University of Canberra.

Permanent Board Member, Lowitja Institute.

Co-Founder, Shalom Gamarada Ngiyana Yana scholarship program, 2004.

Deputy Chair, National Advisory Group Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Information and Data.

Inaugural Director, ‘Filling the Gap’, Indigenous Dental program, since 2006.

Founding Member and Inaugural Co-Chair, Women’s Reconciliation Network, ca1995.

Member, Scientific Resource Group on Health Equity Analysis and Research, World Health Organization.

Member, Expert Advisory Group on Drugs and Alcohol.

Member, Advisory Group on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics, Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Member, Australian Health Survey Reference Group.

Member, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Advisory Committee, National Health and Medical Research Council.

Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Neuroscience Research Australia.

President, Newtown Synagogue.

“I am completely delighted” said Professor Jackson. “This award acknowledges the work which I have done which is beyond the call of duty and is not part of my job description.”


Professor Kerryn Lyndel PHELPS, Double Bay NSW 2028

For service to medicine, particularly through leadership roles with the Australian Medical Association, to education and community health, and as a general practitioner.

Dr Kerryn Phelps

President, Australian Medical Association (AMA), 2000-2003; established AMA Presidential Taskforce on Indigenous Health (2000) and Expert Advisory Committee on Complementary Medicine (2000); commissioned report on Australian General Practice Workforce by Access Economincs, 2000.

Fellow of the AMA; Delegate to the World Medical Association.

President, Australian Medical Association, New South Wales, 1999-2000.

President, Australasian Integrative Medicine Association, 2009-2011.

Member, Australian Medical Council, 2001-2003.

Fellow, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

Adjunct Professor, Discipline of General Practice and the School of Public Health, University of Sydney, since 2003.

Conjoint Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales, since 2010.

Author, General Practice:  The Integrative Approach; medical textbook.

Chair, Review of NSW Cancer Council, 2005.

Member, AIDS Council of New South Wales, 1994; Member of the Executive.

Health and fitness editor, Today Show, Channel Nine, 1991-2003.

Presenter of ABC medical program, EveryBody, 1990.

Medical Consultant, Good Morning Australia, Channel 10, 1985-1990.

Columnist, The Australian Women’s Weekly, since 1991.

Columnist, Medical Observer.

General Practitioner, Cooper Street Clinic, Double Bay, since 2001; a teaching practice for the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales.

Founder and principal Uclinic integrative health clinic in Surry Hills, Sydney, since 2006.

Founder and principal, group general practice, Mosman, Sydney, 1985-2000.

Awards/recognition include:

Centenary Medal, 2001.

Inducted into the AMA Roll of Fellows, 2003.

Professor Phelps will celebrate her award in Hawaii from where she told J-Wire: “To be honored by my colleagues marks a lovely recognition of my work.”


Professor Jeffrey Victor ROSENFELD, Caulfield North Vic 3161

For service to medicine through clinical leadership and academic roles, particularly in the field of neurosurgery as a researcher and author, and to professional associations.

Professor Jeffrey Rosenfeld

Professor and Head, Department of Surgery, Central and Eastern Clinical School, Monash University, since 2006.

Professor and Director, Department of Neurosurgery, Alfred Hospital/Monash University, since 2000.

Professor and Director, Department of Neurosurgery, Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, 1996-2000; Neurosurgeon, since 1988.

Adjunct Professor, Centre for Military and Veterans Health, University of Queensland, since 2006.

Honorary Professor of Surgery, University of Papua New Guinea, since 2000.

Associate Professor, Paediatrics and Surgery, University of Melbourne, 1997-2000.

Deputy Director, Department of Neurosurgery, Royal Melbourne Hospital, 1993-2000; Head, Neurotrauma Service, Clincial Neuroscience Centre, 1994-1998.

Inaugural Director, Department of Neurosurgery, Monash Medical Centre and Prince Henry’s Hospital, 1990-1993.

Co-Author, Neurosurgery in the Tropics: A Practical Approach to Common Problems, MacMillan, 2000.

Author, of more than 200 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, reviews, abstracts and invited papers (national and international).

Editor, Journal of the Australian Defence Force Health Service, 2004; Chair, Editorial Board, 2010.

Member, Editorial Boards, Journal of Clinical Neuroscience; Journal of Emergencies, Trauma & Shock; American Journal of Disaster Medicine; and Injury: Journal of Care of the Injured.

Reviewer, numerous Australian and international medical journals.

Honorary Fellowship, Royal College of Surgeons, Glasgow, UK; and College of Neurosurgeons, Thailand.

Fellow, Australasian College of Tropical Medicine, 1996.

Examiner in Neurosurgery, Royal Australian College of Surgeons (RACS), since 2005; Member, Court of Examiners; Member, International Committee, since 1999; Deputy Chairman, Victorian State Committee,
2000-2002; Member of State Committee, 1998-2002; Supervisor, RACS Neurosurgical Training at Royal Children’s Hospital, 1996-2000, at Monash Medical Centre, 1992-1993, and at Alfred Hospital; Member, Management Committee, Pacific Island Project, since 1999; extensive Committee involvement at state and national levels.

Member, National Board of Neurosurgery, 1999-2005.

Ethics Committee Member, World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies, since 2006; Member, Trauma Committee, since 2010.

Executive Member, Neurosurgical Society of Australasia, 1999-2004; Chairman, Trauma Committee, 2001-2004.

Member, Psychosurgery Review Board, Victoria Government, since 2009.

Member of a range of other Australian and international medical societies, for many years.

Major General, Australian Army Reserves, since 2009; Member, since 1984.

Surgeon General, Defence Health Reserves, since 2009; Assistant Surgeon General, 2007-2008.

Director-General Health, Army Reserves, 2007-2008.

Clinical Policy Consultant to Director-General, Defence Health Service, 2003-2007.

International Operational Deployment seven times as Neurosurgeon to Iraq, Rwanda, Bougainville, the Solomon Islands and East Timor.

Chair, General Surgery Consultative Group, 2001-2007.

Member, Research Advisory Board, Defence Health Foundation, since 2010.

Board Member, Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop Medical Research Foundation, since 2009.

Member, Victorian Committee, International Campaign to Ban Landmines, 1999-2007.

Commissioner, St John Ambulance Australia (Victorian Division), 2002-2005; State Medical Officer, 2000-2005; Corps Surgeon, 1991-2000.

Vice-President, United Nations Association of Australia, 2001-2004; President, Victorian Division, 2001-2004.

Committee Member, Hadassah International Medical Relief Organisation, since 2004.

Member, Medical Standards Committee of the Metropolitan Ambulance Service, since 2004.

Member, Consultative Committee on Road Traffic Fatalities (Victoria), since 1992.

Board Member, Brainwave (Children’s Charity), 1997-2003.

Patron Victorian Association of Jewish Ex and Serving Men and Women.

Patron, Royal Australian Army Medical Corps, Victorian Branch.

Awards/recognition include:

Centenary Medal, 2001.

Appointed Commander of the Venerable Order of St John, 2006.

Victorian of the Year, 2002.

“I feel deeply honored. My time has come and this will be a wonderful surprise for my parents”



Ms Deanna BLACHER, Dianella WA 6059

Deanna Blacher

For service to the performing arts as a Spanish dancer, teacher and choreographer.

Founder and Principal, Danza Viva Spanish Dance Academy, Perth, since 1983.

Artistic Director, Danza Viva Spanish Dance Company, since 1983.

Founder, Spanish Dance Institute (Instituto de la Danza Espanola), Perth, since 1984; President, since 2004; introduced a graded examination system administered by the
Perth-based Institute with candidates examined in Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and Israel.

Spanish Dance lecturer, Western Australian Academy of the Performing Arts, since 1983.

Flamenco dance practitioner and castanet virtuoso.

Has performed with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, the Hague Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the Israel Sinfonietta, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

Concertos for castanets and orchestra have been written for her by composers from Spain, South Africa and England.

Choreographer of dance works for performances throughout Western Australia and Australia through the Danza Viva Spanish Dance Company, as well as Hong Kong.

Board Member, Ausdance WA, for 2 years.

Founding Member, Spanish Dance Society (international organisation).

Mrs Margaret Sheila CATTERALL, North Turramurra NSW 2074
For service to the community through a range of Jewish organisations, and to the Gemmological Association of Australia.

Chairperson, Jewish National Fund of Australia, Gold Coast, for 4 years.
Current Committee Member, Ezra Association of Israel; Vice-Present; Honorary Secretary, 1980s.
President, Women’s International Zionist Organisation, Gold Coast, 1988-1991 and 
Former Vice-President, National Council of Jewish Women, Gold Coast.
Honorary Secretary, Isabella Lazarus Jewish Children’s Home, Sydney.
Director, Moriah Kindergarten Pre-Schools, 1955-1987; North Bondi Jewish Kindergarten, Mount Zion War Memorial Kindergarten, and Beth Herzel Pre-School.

President, NSW Division, Gemmological Association of Australia, 1991-1994 and since 2010; Honorary Secretary, 1978-1988; current Federal Councillor and Director; Federal Honorary Secretary, 1985-1987 and 1997-1999.
NSW Representative to Federal Council, 1987-2001 and 2007-2009.

Has worked for charities, education etc, for the past 56 years.
Justice of the Peace.

Sheila Catterall still does not believe ut has happened. She told J-Wire: “I can’t comprehend it. It all seems so surreal.”

Mrs Danielle CHARAK,  Caulfield Vic 3162

For service to women, to education, and to the Jewish community.

Danielle Charak

National Vice-President, National Council of Jewish Women in Australia (NCJWA),
1997-2009; current Chairperson, Education Sub-Committee; Chair, various Sub-Committees including Education, NCJWA History and Overseas Jewry.

Former  Vice-President, Victorian Section.

Executive Director, Australian Institute of Jewish Affairs, 1984-1987.

Chair, various Sub-Committees, Jewish Community Council of Victoria.

Head, Yiddish Language Group, SBS Radio, 1994-1998; broadcaster and journalist,

Involved, Courage to Care program, B’nai B’rith.

Guest Speaker and Promoter of Yiddish culture for various organisations and memorial ceremonies.

Translator, Yiddish/English.

Lecturer in Yiddish, Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation, Faculty of Arts, Monash University, 1999-2007.

Chief Examiner and assessor, Victorian Certificate of Education for Yiddish, 2005-2011.

Lecturer in Yiddish, Prahran College of Advanced Education, 1975-1980.

Teacher, Yiddish, at primary, secondary and tertiary levels, 1958-2011.

Teacher, French and History, ‘English as a Second Language’, 1960-1984.

Danielle Charak told J-Wire she had been in Australia since the age of 10. “We hid in Brussels during the war. I am indebted to my parents for setting an example to me in contributing to community life and I feel very excited and blessed.”


Ms Susanne Julia GERVAY, Sydney NSW 2000

Susanne Gervay Pic Louise Whelan

For service to children’s literature, and to professional organisations.

Author, range of books primarily dealing with emotional and social issues facing children and young adults, including:

–  I am Jack, 2000.; adapted into a play shown around Australia, since 2008; has become a

‘rite of passage’ book on school bullying in Australia for young people.

–  Always Jack, 2010.

–  Super Jack, 2003.

–  The Cave, 2002.

–  Butterflies, 2001.

–  Shadows of Olive Trees, 1996.

–  Jamie’s a Hero, 1994.

Creative Director, The Hughenden Hotel, since 1993.

That’s Why I Wrote This Song, by Susanne Gervay; lyrics by Tory Gervay, 2007.

Member, Children’s Book Council of Australia, for many years; financial contributor.

Current Board Member, Youth Portfolio, New South Wales Writers’ Centre; Director, Annual Kids and Young Adults Literature Festival.

Current Chair, Sydney Writers and Illustrators Network.

Current Co-Regional Adviser, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Australia and New Zealand.

Books are endorsed by many organisations including:

–  The Cancer Council.

–  Life Education Australia.

–  The Alannah and Madeline Foundation.

–  The Children’s Hospital Westmead, Sydney.

–  International Board on Books for Young People, under the auspices of Room to Read.

–  the United Nations.

Patron, Monkey Baa Theatre for Young People, since 2009; involvement, since 2007.

Member, Australian Government Delegation to Kiribati, 2010.

Awards/community include:

Australia Day Ambassador, NSW, 2010.

Lady Cutler Award for services to Children’s Literature, Children’s Book Council of Australia, 2008.

UTS Professional Achievement for Writing, 2003.

Current Ambassador, Room to Read.

Rabbi Philip Walter HEILBRUNN, St Kilda Vic 3182

For service to the St Kilda Hebrew Congregation, and to the community.

Rabbi Philip Heilbrunn

Chief Minister St Kilda Hebrew Congregation, since 1988.

Chief Minister, Adelaide Hebrew Congregation, 1982-1988.

Minister and Cantor, North Shore Synagogue, 1979-1982.

Prior to his arrival in Australia he was a Rabbi and Cantor of Hebrew congregations in South Africa.

President, Association of Rabbis of Australia and New Zealand, 1992-1999; Executive, for
25 years.

Vice-President, Rabbinical Council of Victoria, for many years; current Patron; current Chair, Community Reference Group.

Honorary Consultant, Advisory Committee, Australian Archive of Jewish Music, since 1994.

Member, Heads of Faith Committee of Victoria, for many years.

Consultant, Executive Council of Australian Jewry, for many years.

Joint Founder and Member, Jewish Male Choir, since 1998; President, since 2000.

Assisting in the creation of an arbitration arm of the Melbourne Beth Din (Ecclesiastical Court) and has provided advice in legal matters such as divorce, education and Jewish Arbitration.

President, Council of Christians and Jews of Victoria.

Participant and contributor to the following:

–  The Australian Dialogue of Christians, Muslims and Jews.

–  World Harmony Run, Interfaith Relay, for many years.

–  Ethics Committee on Clinical Research, Flinders Medical Centre.

–  National Conference of Rabbis, 1988.

–  Jewish Museum Australia.

–  Jewish Holocaust Centre.


Mrs Maria LEWIT, Hampton Vic 3188

Maria Lewit

For service to the Jewish Holocaust Museum and Research Centre as a volunteer, and to literature as a writer and educator.

Volunteer, Jewish Holocaust Museum and Research Centre, since 1996.

Volunteer, Courage to Care Exhibition, since 2000.

Secretary, State Executive Committee, Victorian Fellowship of Australian Writers, 1990-1993; Committee Member, 1981-1989; Life Member.

Speaker, Centre for Migrant Studies, Monash University, 1981.

Awards/recognition include:

Literary Award winning novelist whose works are included in important anthologies of Australian literature, as well as several educational curricula.

86-yr-old Maria Lewit feels greatly honored. “We came from Poland in 1949 and in receiving this award I represent those who experienced the Holocaust and every migrant fortunate enough to reach this country and its opportunities.”


Mr Barry Newton NOVY, Toorak Vic 3142

For service to the community, particularly children, as a fundraiser for charitable organisations.

Director, Women’s and Children’s Health Board, 2002-2004, and The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Board, 2004-2008; (both entities were governed by the one Board until 2004).

Chairman, RCH Foundation, 2000-2007; Board Member, 1992-2007; Supporter, since ca1985.

Current Chairman, Children’s Bioethics Centre Development Board; established by the RCH Foundation in 2009 to support the activities of the Children’s Bioethics Centre.

Founding Executive Member, RCH-1000, since 2001; aims to provide significant funding for research programs to be conducted by The Royal Children’s Hospital and the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

Founding Member, Centre of Hormone Research Development Board; Chairman, for several years ca2000.

Member, Panel of Advisers, Jewish Studies Department, University of Melbourne, since 2007.

Adviser on Fundraising and Council of Reference, The Dax Centre of the Mental Health Research Institute of Victoria, since 2007.

Current Member, Chairman’s Advisory Council, Melbourne Opera.

Board Member, YMCA of Victoria, 2006-2008.

Inaugural Member, The Grattan Institute, since 2008.

Chairman, Kellogg Alumni Club of Australia, since 1998.

Industry Representative, Estate Agents’ Council for Consumer Affairs Victoria, since 2009.

Current Managing Director, Kliger Wood Real Estate; Director, since 1984.

Fellow, The Real Estate Institute of Victoria.

Fellow, The Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Associate, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Awards/recognition include:

Victorian Father of the Year, Father’s Day Council of Victoria, 2002.








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