Murdoch professors receive Australia Day Honours

January 31, 2017

Professor Bittles was one of two professors honoured on Australia Day

Professor Bittles was one of two Murdoch professors honoured on Australia Day

The life works of two Murdoch professors were recognised with prestigious honours during the 2017 Australia Day Awards.

Professor Alan Bittles was the recipient of an Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to medical education in the field of genomics, as an academic and researcher, and to professional groups. He said the national recognition was not foreseen but very much welcomed.

“Working with colleagues to alleviate the adverse health issues faced by people with genetic diseases has been very fulfilling. Receiving major national recognition for this work is an unexpected and welcome bonus,” said Professor Bittles.

Presently an Adjunct Professor and Research Leader at Murdoch University’s Centre for Comparative Genomics, Professor Bittles has served as Chair of the Scientific Medical Advisory Committee of Rare Voices Australia. Professor Bittles has published more than 250 refereed research papers, books, book chapters and conference proceedings, with in excess of 7,500 citations.

Murdoch University Adjunct Professor of history and media Bill Bunbury received the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to the broadcast media and the Indigenous people of WA.

“I’m very honoured to have it, but I owe it to the people who talk to me. I owe it to the people who gave me their stories,” said the broadcaster and oral historian.

Professor Bunbury spent 40 years travelling the State making radio features and documentaries for the ABC. He has written 12 books and records interviews for the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.

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