In Summary

  • Queen’s Birthday Honours List recognises Swinburne Vice-Chancellor
  • Professor Linda Kristjanson acknowledged as an AO
  • Received the honour for distinguished service to tertiary education 

Swinburne Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Linda Kristjanson, has been acknowledged in the Queen’s Birthday 2017 Honours List as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).

Professor Kristjanson received the honour for distinguished service to the community, particularly through health management roles, the law, corporate governance and higher education. It recognises her contributions to cancer research, palliative care and the advancement of women.

Professor Kristjanson has been Vice-Chancellor of Swinburne since 2011. Her academic career spans three decades across Australia, Canada and the United States.

Professor Kristjanson has had an extensive research career in palliative care and she was the inaugural Chair of Palliative Care, funded by The Cancer Council of WA. She also served on the National Health and Medical Research Council for four years and is currently the Chair of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre.

Throughout her academic career, Professor Kristjanson has received more than $30 million in competitive research funding and has published more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles.

Further achievements contributing to the accolade include her work as Chair of AuScope Ltd., a provider of research infrastructure and special platforms designed for Australia’s earth and geospatial scientists.

“This tremendous achievement is a well-earned recognition of Linda’s enormous contribution to Australian society and a reminder of how fortunate we are to have her leadership as we implement our vision of being a world-class university, creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation,” Swinburne Chancellor Mr Graham Goldsmith says.

“This prestigious award is a fitting tribute for a pragmatic and compassionate leader who has dedicated her career to solving problems that will have a lasting legacy on the Australian community.”

The Order of Australia is the nation’s most prestigious recognition for outstanding members of the community.