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Australia Day Honours

Monash University Emeritus Professor Paul McMenamin – who specialises in the structure and immunology of the eye – has been recognised in the 2023 Australia Day Honours List with a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia.

Emeritus Prof McMenamin heads the Ocular Immunology group in the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology. This group is investigating a number of issues that relate to the normal development, normal aging and a number of eye diseases which may have an immune or inflammatory basis to their pathogenesis.

Fred Hollows Foundation members Katrina Fanning and Patricia Fiske have also been recognised in the Australia Day Honours

He has been an Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Ophthalmology and Visual Science at the Lions Eye Institute since 2010. He is widely published and has been the recipient of more than 40 competitive grants from research institutions and numerous awards for excellence.

Fred Hollows Foundation Honours

Fred Hollows Foundation members Katrina Fanning and Patricia Fiske have also been recognised in the Australia Day Honours.

Ms Fanning, a Board Member since 2019, was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for her distinguished service to the Indigenous community through education and health initiatives, and to sport.

Long-time Foundation member and decorated filmmaker Ms Fiske was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her service to the film industry.

Ms Fiske, who has been making documentaries for more than 50 years, produced For All the World to See, a portrait of Professor Fred Hollows in 1993.

“We are delighted to see Katrina and Pat receive recognition for the trailblazing work they have each achieved in their fields,” Foundation CEO Ian Wishart said.

“Katrina has been a valued member of our Board for more than three years and has a huge list of accomplishments, including being named the ACT Australian of the Year in 2020.

“She is a strong voice for First Nations Australians and works tirelessly to make a difference to the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

“We are also thrilled to see the recognition for our long-time Foundation friend Pat, who has supported Fred’s work since day one and did so much to raise awareness of his work in the early days.”

Ms Joanne Muller, an occasional lecturer at the School of Optometry at the University of New South Wales since 2006, has been awarded a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for her service to youth, to community health, and to the law.