News: Distinguished Alumni Awards

Professor John McNeil AO

Professor John McNeil AO

John McNeil AO is a public health researcher whose contributions to medical research have resulted in some 600 publications and more than 43,000 citations, secured more than $150 million in competitive funding and have changed the landscape of research into chronic disease, preventive health, and healthcare quality. An exemplary leader, teacher and researcher, John was awarded a Distinguished Professorship from Monash University in 2017 and a Distinguished Alumni Award by the University of Adelaide in 2022.

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Adam Liaw

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Adam Liaw is a celebrity chef, cookbook author, TV host and Unicef Australia Ambassador who has become an icon of modern Australian food culture. Before his rise to stardom as a chef, Adam was a successful lawyer, practicing both in Australia and internationally.

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John Scanlon AO

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John Scanlon AO is an environmental lawyer, leader and policy maker who is dedicated to ending wildlife crimes on a global scale. Throughout his career, his leadership of international environmental organisations has helped reduce the impact of the $2-3 trillion illegal wildlife trade on ecosystems and societies around the world.

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Nik Nasha Damia

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Nik Nasha Damia is a passionate humanitarian and leader, whose work as Director of the Rohingya Women Development Network aims to help the thousands of Rohingya refugee women in Malaysia find education, learn new skills, build their autonomy and significantly improve their quality of life.

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Dr David Lam

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Dr David Lam is an award-winning young doctor who is making incredible contributions to Australian communities by providing medical care to vulnerable Australians, advocating for the importance of mental health care, and inspiring a new generation of doctors to work in rural and remote communities. 

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Peter Ong

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Peter Ong is an economist and lifelong civil servant dedicated to advancing the interests of Singapore and its people. His distinguished career has spanned many different government areas including overseeing a workforce of 145,000 as the head of civil service in Singapore and offering advice on economic strategy and policy via board positions across various government entities.

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Lesley Salem AM

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Lesley Salem AM is a Wonnarua woman, artist, author, and nurse practitioner with over 20 years’ experience in remote and rural nursing. She works tirelessly to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia, both through her passionate advocacy and her work as a nurse practitioner.

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Dr Sarah Boyle

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Dr Sarah Boyle is an exceptional young leader in the field of breast cancer research, whose innovative approaches to breast cancer research are leading the way to new frontiers in the treatment of breast cancer in South Australia.

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Juliet Haslam OAM

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Juliet Haslam OAM is one of our most decorated hockey players and a pioneer of professional women’s sport in Australia. Her immense contributions to Australian sport have earnt her many accolades and a place in the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, and she continues to inspire and educate the next generation of athletes as a mentor and ambassador.

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Dr Phiala Shanahan

Phiala Shanahan

South Australia Woman of the Year 2023 winner and recipient of the James McWha Rising Star Award 2022, Professor Phiala Shanahan has made a significant contribution to physics, as the youngest Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) at the age of 27. She has become a leader in theoretical physics and is a passionate educator.

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