Club Melbourne Ambassadors have been officially recognised on the Australia Day 2014 Honours List for their outstanding medical contributions and service to the community.
Professor John Olver received the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his distinguished service to medicine, particularly the treatment and rehabilitation of acquired brain injuries.
Professor Olver has been at the forefront of Epworth Rehabilitation for more than 30 years and is an internationally renowned expert in Acquired Brain Injury rehabilitation.
In May 2012, he secured and chaired the 7th World Congress for NeuroRehabilitation at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC).
Club Melbourne alumni Ambassador Professor Rob Moodie was also awarded the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his significant service to medicine through HIV/AIDS research and leadership roles in population health and disease prevention programs.
MCEC Chief Executive Peter King said the inclusion of Club Melbourne Ambassadors in this year’s honours list was testament to their important and life-changing work not only in Australia, but also around the world.
“Professor Olver and Professor Moodie are influential Melburnians and leaders in their fields – I congratulate them both on these worthy honours and the significant contribution they have made to medicine and the community.
“Our distinguished Ambassadors bring major medical and scientific conferences to Melbourne that help showcase and attract investment in their particular areas of expertise.”
Professor Olver is a Professor in Rehabilitation Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Monash University; Director of Rehabilitation at Epworth Healthcare; and Manager of the Epworth Rehabilitation Acquired Brain Injury Programme.
The world leading Club Melbourne Ambassador Program was relaunched in August 2013 to address increasing international competition and create an even stronger, focused and more supportive network to secure and host international conferences in Melbourne.
Since 2005 the elite thinkers and leaders of the Club Melbourne Ambassador Program have collectively helped to more than 70 international conferences, boosting the Victorian economy by over $450 million.
Club Melbourne is owned and led by MCEC with support and collaboration from Melbourne Convention Bureau and the Victorian State Government.