WSLHD staff honoured in Australia Day awards for service to western Sydney community

Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) staff have been awarded the nation’s highest honours, with a selection of staff acknowledged this Australia Day for their outstanding service and achievements in healthcare.

While the dedicated WSLHD community continues to provide essential care this long weekend, three of its staff have been recognised in the Australia Day awards for their contributions to this culture, and towards shaping a better future in health.

The Australian honours system celebrates the outstanding achievements of extraordinary people in the community whose contributions to service have made a difference to their fellow Australians.

Clinical Professor Paul Harnett has received a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the General Division, for significant service to oncology as a clinician and researcher.

Paul is the current Director of the Crown Princess Mary Centre and has been since 2011.

Previously he was the founder of Translational Oncology Laboratory and Gynaecologic Oncology Laboratory.

Professor Anthony Walter Harris has received a Member of the Order of Australia in the general division for his significant service to mental health as a clinician and academic. 

Anthony is a senior staff specialist in Psychiatry (and has been since 1998), is the Chair of One Door Mental Health and is the current Head of Speciality, Psychiatry at Sydney University.

Dr Matthew Vincent O’Sullivan has received a Member of the Order of Australia in the general division for significant service to medicine, particularly in the field of infectious diseases.

Dr O’Sullivan is the head of the Department of Infectious diseases, and the Director of the NSW Biocontainment Centre for High Consequence Infectious Diseases and a member of the Specialist Advisory Group on Covid-19.

Associate Professor Judy Kirk (Skinner) has received a Member of the Order of Australia in the general division for significant service to medicine, and to medical research, particularly in the field of cancer genetics.

“I would like to congratulate our colleagues who have been recognised in our Australia Day awards this year,” WSLHD Chief Executive Graeme Loy said.

“These awards recognise Australians who have demonstrated outstanding service or exceptional achievement and I am very proud of the dedication and commitment of our WSLHD staff to the western Sydney community.”

Congratulations to Professor Paul Harnett, Professor Anthony Walter Harris, and Dr Matthew Vincent O’Sullivan on their Member of the Order of Australia awards.

To view the 2024 Australia Day honours list, click here.

If you know someone who deserves to be recognised for their contributions to society, find out how to nominate them here.