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Recipient profiles

Australian from all walks of life, of all ages, and who have done just about everything you can think of have been recognised through the Order of Australia. 

“They go above and beyond, are from all over the country, and contribute every day in every way imaginable. These are the people who see us through good times and bad. They’re the first to show up and the last to leave.

Governor-General David Hurley AC DSC (Retd)

Profiles - Australia Day 2024 Honours List

Francis Acquah AM - for significant service to mental health care, and to the community.

“I have used my mental health nursing experience to reduce stigma and create awareness around receiving mental health support for the CALD and African Communities, Local Communities, both in Australia and overseas.

Sue Bowen OAM - for service to women, and to dragon boating

“I have loved what I do, primarily as an advocate for the benefits dragon boating can provide to those going through a diagnosis. I personally have benefited from the tremendous support I have received, and friendships made, over many years through the sport of dragon boating."

Rosie Boylan OAM - for service to the creative arts as a milliner.

“I have devoted my working life to offering the best customer service as a Headwear Specialist. It's just what I do."

Professor Deli Chen AO - for distinguished service to sustainable agriculture, to Australia-China relations, to philanthropic endeavours, and as a mentor.

“I find fulfilment in tackling scientific challenges, working with young enthusiastic researchers, and enhancing collaboration and knowledge exchange between Australia and China.”

Carmen Garcia AM - for significant service to multicultural community through diversity and inclusion advocacy and programs

“My work has opened hearts, minds, and doors to the untapped potential of refugees and migrants nationally."

Helen Geard AM - for significant service to youth, and to the community.

“I want to make a positive contribution to my community and enjoy working and learning from a wide range of amazing people."

Nicholas Moore AM - for significant service to the aquaculture sector

“It is a role of constant discovery and development. The ever-changing markets and production techniques are quite dynamic. While feeding, nutrition and aeration improvements are evolving almost annually, motivation comes with it all and it’s a privilege to be part of it. I love every minute.”

Professor Elizabeth New OAM - for service to science as a researcher

“I think the greatest impact of my work has been in the students that I have taught, particularly my research group members who have gone on to have their own very impactful careers.”

Shane Stedman OAM - for service to the surfing industry

“Seeing the look on a young bloke’s face when he gets his new, often first, surfboard, especially if I have custom shaped it specifically for him, is my motivation,” Mr Stedman says. “The nature of my business has allowed me the freedom to go surfing almost every day!”

Professor Fiona Wood AO - for distinguished service to plastic and reconstructive surgery, to medical research, and as clinician scientist and mentor

“I think that the greatest impact of my work has been raising the profile of the impact of burn injury. This has driven change from prevention first aid in the community, to innovation and research seeking to improve recovery for life.”

Zeynep Yesilyurt OAM - for service to multicultural communities, and to women's affairs

“I find satisfaction in knowing that I contribute in some way to bringing people together and witnessing the pride that comes from celebrating and sharing their culture.”