Queen’s Birthday 2015 Honours in the School of Population Health

The School of Population Health congratulates two of our academics and researchers who were recognised in the Queen’s Birthday 2015 Honours list last weekend.

Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia: Dr Richie (Richard) Gun for distinguished service to medicine, particularly in the field of occupational health and safety, and to socially disadvantaged communities in regional Australia and Timor-Leste. Richie has been a visiting Research Fellow in the Discipline of Public Health since 2002 and was a Senior Lecturer in Occupational and Environmental Health from 1988 until 2002. He taught and mentored almost every local occupational health practitioner, shaping occupational health policy and practice across SA. He undertook much research here, including the leadership of two very significant studies –  the Commonwealth sponsored (UA based) study of the mortality and cancer incidence of Australian participants in the British nuclear tests and the cohort study of leukaemia and other cancers in Australian petroleum industry workers (“Health Watch”). Since his retirement Richie has provided medical services to a remote primary health care clinic in Timor Leste, travelling there on a regular basis, and in a completely voluntary capacity. One of his reasons for continuing this work that he is unsure there will be any medical care for these people at all if he ceases this role.

Member (AM) in General Division of the Order of Australia: Dr Gordon Cable – for significant service to aerospace medicine, as a practitioner, to public health education, and to professional medical bodies. Gordon is titleholder and a Clinical Senior Lecturer in the school. He is a Senior Aviation Medical Officer for the ADF, and has been a consultant to the RAAF Institute of Aviation Medicine since 1996. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Aviation Medicine from the University of Otago (NZ), and a Graduate Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety Management from the University of Adelaide. The author of many scientific publications, his professional interests include: Altitude physiology of hypoxia and hypobaric decompression illness; Hypoxia awareness training of military and civilian aircrew; Postgraduate education in aerospace medicine for medical professionals. In his civilian clinical practice Gordon takes a particular interest in the management and certification of complex aeromedical cases, and education of aircrew in health, safety and performance issues. (Source:

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