Two Ambassadors, Professor John Funder and Professor Brendan Crabb, were among only five in the country appointed to the Companion of the Order of Australia, for eminent achievement and merit of the highest degree in service to Australia or to humanity at large.
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) Chief Executive Peter King said: “These awards are a huge honour and I congratulate each of our Ambassadors on their achievements and recognition in this year’s Honours List.
“Club Melbourne includes some of the city’s most remarkable Melburnians from diverse fields including science, medicine and technology who volunteer their time to attract international conferences to the city.
“We are incredibly grateful for the role they play as Ambassadors, promoting our state’s expertise to the world, boosting our economy and bringing thought leadership to Victoria, and also the significant contribution they make to the community.”
Ambassadors awarded in the Australia Day 2015 Honours List:
- Professor John Funder – awarded Companion (AC) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his eminent service to medicine, particularly cardiovascular endocrinology, the development of academic health science centres, and to mental illness, obesity, and Indigenous eye-health programs.
- Professor Brendan Crabb – awarded Companion (AC) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his service to medical science as a prominent researcher of infectious diseases and their impact on population health in developing nations, and through fostering medical research nationally and internationally.
- Professor Peter Ebeling – awarded Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his distinguished service to medicine in the field of bone health, through academic contributions and research initiatives in a range of administrative, executive and professional roles.
- Professor Anthony Costello – awarded Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his significant service to medicine in the field of urology as a clinician, administrator and author, to cancer research, and to medical education.
- Professor Milton Hearn – awarded Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for significant service to science through major contributions to advances in chemical manufacturing.
- Club Melbourne alumni Ambassador Professor Paul Martin – awarded the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division for his service to medicine in the field of psychology.
The Club Melbourne Ambassador Program is owned and led by MCEC with support and collaboration from Melbourne Convention Bureau and the Victorian State Government.
Since its inception in 2005, Club Melbourne has delivered more than 93 international conferences worth over $580 million to Victoria to become one of the world’s most influential Ambassador programs.