28 January 2023

PSM and COVID gongs in Australia Day honours

| Chris Johnson
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ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman has been recognised for her work during the pandemic. Photo: Thomas Lucraft.

The COVID-19 Honour Roll was again a prominent feature of the Australia Day awards as dedicated public servants continue their pandemic response.

Groundbreaking initiatives and tireless work aimed at understanding and tackling the spread of the coronavirus were recognised.

Informative modelling, digital vaccination certificates and emergency quarantine facilities were among the projects earning their creators and drivers places on the roll, both at the federal and ACT levels.

COVID-19 Honour Roll 2023 – Federal

  • Ms Lisiane BARAO MACLEOD
  • Ms Chloe Morgan BURNS
  • Mrs Jodi Ann CASSAR
  • Dr Amanda Jayne CRAIG
  • Ms Fiona Louise GANTER
  • Mr Andrew Douglas JAGGERS
  • Ms Sarah Jane NORRIS
  • Mr Javier RIBALTA
  • Mrs Jane URQUHART.

COVID-19 Honour Roll 2023 – ACT

  • Dr Kerryn Peta COLEMAN
  • Ms Leesa Maree CROKE
  • Ms Vanessa DAL MOLIN
  • Ms Jessie HOLBERTON
  • Dr Anne Louise JENKINS
  • Ms Patricia Ellen JOHNSTON
  • Dr Vanessa JOHNSTON
  • Mr Toby Michael KEENE
  • Dr Ian Mackenzie MARR
  • Mr Andrew Peter MURPHY
  • Ms Catherine Ann O’NEILL
  • Ms Tamerra Jane ROGERS
  • Dr Sally Louise SINGLETON
  • Ms Katherine Ruth WAKEFIELD.

The full list of COVID-19 Honour Roll 2023 inductees across all categories of this year’s honours can be found here and includes Lieutenant General John Frewen, who was tasked with the role of coordinator general of Operation COVID Shield.

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Public servants across numerous portfolios were also recognised for their outstanding work in this year’s Australia Day Honours.

The Public Service Medal was awarded to a range of public servants in the Australian Public Service and across all states and territories.

Recipients of the PSM at the federal and the ACT levels are (with some crossover between the PSM and the COVID-19 Honour Roll):

Public Service Medal (PSM) – Federal

  • Lisiane BARAO MACLEOD, Services Australia
  • Chloe BURNS, Department of Health
  • Jodie CASSAR, Department of Social Services
  • Dr Amanda CRAIG, Therapeutic Goods Administration
  • Andrea FAULKNER, Australia’s Embassy in Myanmar (DFAT)
  • Sonje FRANKLIN, Consular and Crisis Management Division (DFAT)
  • Louise GANTER, Office of Parliamentary Counsel
  • Bryan HODGE, Bureau of Meteorology
  • Andrew JAGGERS, Department of Finance
  • Sarah JOHNSON, National Disability Insurance Scheme
  • Sarah NORRIS, Office of Health Protection and Australian National Audit Office
  • Javier RIBALTA, Services Australia
  • Jane URQUHART, Department of Industry, Science and Resources
  • Andrea WALLACE-GREEN, Department of Social Services.

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Public Service Medal (PSM) – Australian Capital Territory

  • Dr Kerryn COLEMAN, ACT Health Directorate
  • Lisa CROKE, Coordinator General, Whole of Government COVID-19 response
  • Vanessa DAL MOLIN, ACT Health Directorate
  • Deborah EFTHYMIADES, ACT Education Directorate
  • Jessie HOLBERTON, Canberra Health Services
  • Dr Anne JENKINS, ACT Health Directorate
  • Patricia JOHNSON, Public Information Coordination Centre
  • Dr Vanessa JOHNSTON, ACT Deputy Chief Health Officer
  • Toby KEENE, ACT Health Directorate
  • Dr Ian MARR, Canberra Health Services
  • Andrew MURPHY, Canberra Health Services
  • Catherine O’NEILL, Canberra Health Services
  • Tamerra ROGERS, Deputy Public Information Coordinator
  • Dr Sally SINGLETON, ACT Health Directorate
  • Katherine WAKEFIELD, Canberra Health Services.

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CaptainSpiff12:57 pm 31 Jan 23

Surveying the last 3 years, surely what stands out is the complete failure to control Covid-19, whether with border closures, or lockdowns, or vaccines.

Yet here the government is, congratulating themselves on their control of Covid-19, and the handling of the pandemic. In this alternative reality, nobody asks why vaccines did not perform like vaccines, or why excess deaths are running at all time highs. Nobody asks about the costs of lockdowns, or the inflation resulting from industrial scale money printing.

Nobody asks the chief health officer what the lockdowns actually achieved, and whether she would recommend them again. Nobody asks her whether mandatory and coerced vaccinations were advisable, or whether it made sense to push Covid jabs on everyone, regardless of their risk to Covid.

Easier to just forget it all and give her an award instead.

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