GPs well-represented on 2018 Australia Day honours list

Paul Hayes

29/01/2018 12:24:00 PM

GPs from across Australia were recognised in this year’s Australia Day honours.

News teaser
Dr Mukesh Haikerwal, who received a Companion in the General Division of the Order Of Australia, describes himself as a GP ‘first and foremost’.

Ten GPs were named to the 2018 Australia Day honours list for their contributions to their patients, communities and profession.
RACGP Life Fellow Dr Mukesh Haikerwal AC, a GP in Melbourne suburb of Altona North, received a Companion in the General Division of the Order Of Australia, which he accepted with ‘enormous humility and great pride’. 
‘I accept this huge national honour as an ordinary citizen, a husband and father, and a local doctor who has always believed that it is an immense privilege to be considered for any award or public recognition in my community and in our wonderful nation,’ he said.
‘First and foremost, I am a GP – a local family doctor who serves his local community. This
defines me. I am a very proud GP who works on the craft of being a good doctor every day of every year. We can always get better. There is so much to learn.’
Other GPs honoured include:

  • Dr Marjorie Cross (NSW)
  • Associate Professor Morton Rawlin (Vic)
  • Dr Paul Hemming (Vic)
  • Associate Professor Jennifer Thomson (ACT)
  • Adjunct Associate Professor Diana O’Halloran (NSW)
  • Dr Ralph Peters (Tas)
  • Dr Ian Fraser (Qld)
  • Dr Leonard Brenner (NSW)
  • Dr Neil Bartels (Qld)
‘I congratulate all of the GPs honoured on Australia Day,’ RACGP President Dr Bastian Seidel told newsGP. ‘They represent the best of healthcare and are a testament to the importance of general practice throughout the Australian community.’

australia-day-honours Order-of-Australia

Katriona Herborn   30/01/2018 8:44:47 AM

I guess 30% women is an improvement. All extremely worthy recipients but the Racgp needs to look at why more GP first, rather than academics and policy makers continue to “star”.

dr.rajan antony payyappilly   30/01/2018 11:42:08 AM

congratulations to
not" just GPs"" honoured with national Awards

Mai Maddisson   4/02/2018 2:31:20 PM

To Katriona Herborn.
Are we still point scoring about sexist issues - that is plain boring. The reality is that among the older cohort more men than women graduated-- the awards tend to perhaps go to the older cohort because they have had more time to earn their 'brownie points'.
And maybe the clinical GPs need to earn their brownie points: The academics might sit in their ivory towers but they are not arrogant enough to state that they are "experts 'in their patients' lives. If I were travelling interstate and remote from my own GP who is a very humble person I would not bother going to such 'know alls', should the need to see a doctor arise. I would grin and bear it until I returned (if necessary before planned). I would prefer to see the sign "I will do my best for my patients, and reach out to a colleague if I need to".


 Security code