Professor Brian Owler Awarded the Order of Australia
The San’s Professor Brian Owler has been awarded during Queens Birthday honours as a member of the Order of Australia in the General Division (AM).
Professor Owler was honoured for significant service to medicine through the leadership and administration of professional medical organisations and to education. A neurosurgeon, Professor Owler has been heavily involved in a number of campaigns for health advocacy and road safety with the well-known Roads and Maritime Services “Don’t Rush” campaign aiming to reduce brain injuries and fatalities caused by road accidents.
Past President of the Australian Medical Association, Professor Owler has worked closely with the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation and Autism Awareness Australia and in January 2018 was nominated for Australian of the Year by The Australian newspaper.
“Having the recognition underlines the importance of the work and I think it does help influence some of the decision making that goes on in” he said after hearing of his award.
“It sometimes just takes one split second decision to end in a world of tragedy and I have seen everyday people - good people - who make those split second decisions that end up costing either them or tragically their family and their children’s lives and of course the lives of others as well. There’s no doubt that being able to influence policy that affects not just the patient in front of me, but the patients that come after me, and of course the wider community, is a very powerful thing. To be recognised in this way, it is a big deal.”
The AM award is the third level of the Order of Australia established in 1975 by Queen Elizabeth II to recognise those who have made an outstanding contribution to the benefit of their community and country. The award was announced by the office of His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) Governor General.
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