Above: Professor Greg Hill AO and Professor Jeanine Young AM
USC is celebrating two of its leaders gaining Order of Australia awards, as announced in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Greg Hill became an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his distinguished service to education, particularly the development of tertiary facilities in regional areas, and to the community.
And Professor of Nursing Jeanine Young is now a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her significant service to tertiary education, to medical research, and to nursing.
These prestigious awards recognise the hard work and contributions that Professor Hill and Professor Young have provided to their community through many years of service.
Australia’s Governor-General David Hurley congratulated both recipients and advised them that the insignia of their awards would be presented to them later this year.
Professor Hill has been USC’s Vice-Chancellor since 2011 and, prior to that, was the University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor from 2005-2010.
He has approached both roles with a strong vision for expanding educational opportunities for people from all backgrounds, particularly those in regional and developing communities.
Professor Hill has provided significant support to U3A Sunshine Coast during his tenure at USC. In a letter to Professor Hill, President Glyni Cumming wrote:
“On behalf of the Management Committee of U3A Sunshine Coast and our 2000 plus members, we are delighted to see that your lifetime’s contribution to education has been recognised in an award as an Officer of the Order of Australia in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
“Here on the Sunshine Coast, as USC Vice-Chancellor and President, you have made a significant contribution over the past 15 years to the growth of the university – as well as the development of other USC campuses in Queensland and interstate. And we know how much you have contributed to sport on the Sunshine Coast, including being Director of the famed Lightning Netball team!
“We have been so pleased to have you as our Patron of the U3A Sunshine Coast, as you have always supported us, and helped our organisation to grow as an educational institution. It is thanks to that ongoing support, that U3A Sunshine Coast has had a central home for our office team of volunteers, and the use of a computer lab and a classroom for some of our tutors’ classes, as well as access to a lecture theatre for our AGM, and the use of the Innovation Centre for our annual Open Day.”
Professor Young has worked for USC since 2013. She specialises in infant care practices, breastfeeding and safe infant sleep environments, and is passionate about supporting culturally appropriate strategies to reduce Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health inequalities.
She is an active member of Queensland’s child death review panels and works closely with Red Nose to ensure national Safe Sleeping recommendations to reduce the risk of infant death are evidence-based.
Professor Young has partnered with communities and health services to initiate novel infant sleep space programs to promote mother-infant closeness while maintaining safe infant sleep environments particularly for priority populations that have been translated into health service delivery.
These programs include the Queensland Pēpi-Pod® Program taken up by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and the ESCCaPE trial, a portable safe sleep space designed for postnatal units.
She works in partnership with government, industry, safety and regulatory bodies, and communities in translating evidence into practical advice for parents.
Her efforts in reducing infant mortality through supporting the role of health professionals and health promotion within communities have received state, national and international recognition.
*USC text provided by Terry Walsh