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John Curtin Medallists

Past Recipients (1998 - 2003)

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John Fawcett

John Fawcett has dedicated over 15 years of his life to helping the Balinese community. Through the John Fawcett Foundation, which he established in 1989, John has provided medical help to thousands of Balinese by treating health problems such as blindness, cataracts and cleft palates.

Doug Paling

Since 1994 Doug Paling has worked tirelessly to help feed the underprivileged in WA. He established Foodbank, a major community organisation that has forged important links with 400 community and welfare support agencies, by receiving, collecting and redistributing over 1.2 million kilograms of food annually.

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Brother Thomas Oliver Picket

Brother Olly has given more than 40 years to helping others. His work has ranged from teaching and coordinating work-skill programs for at-risk-youth, to his current work manufacturing low cost wheel chairs for children from around the world who are landmine and polio victims.

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Mary Roskams

Mary’s work with AusAid assisting international students has had a lasting impact on Australian diplomatic, trade and cultural relationships throughout the world.

Barry Jones

Barry Jones has been a teacher, lawyer and Member of Parliament, and in each role he has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to science. He is a strong and powerful advocate for scientific research and development.

John Embling & Heather Pilcher

John and Heather have devoted the last 25 years to helping young people who are victims of homelessness, drugs abuse, racism and violence. They offer shelter, refuge and hope to a generation of abandoned youth.

Vanessa Elliott

Vanessa has spent recent years improving opportunities for Indigenous communities, especially those within the remote north-west community of Halls Creek. Her work has included initiating and implementing youth programs.

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Chris Lewis

Chris is a former footballer who uses his sporting profile to serve the community, working with youth groups and schools and, in particular, young Aboriginal people.

Granny Smith Gold Mines

This is the first company to be awarded the Medal for its work with native title claimants for a just resolution. The Company has established an industry benchmark for working with indigenous communities and for sustainable practices in mine site rehabilitation.

Dame Rachel Cleland

The late Dame Rachel was an active environmentalist whose work focussed on saving old-growth forests in south-west WA. She also dedicated much of her life to developing associations for the women of Papua New Guinea.

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Peter Moyes

Peter’s vision for creating a progressive education system has focussed on community attitudes about education and he’s provided intellectual and motivational leadership to promote change.

Monique Lin

Completing postgraduate studies in 1990, Monique has demonstrated extraordinary leadership qualities, forging links between China and WA. She has been named as one of China’s 20 best-known women business leaders.

Professor Tommy Koh

Professor Koh works to promote environmental responsibility and reduce international conflict, is a champion of the arts and an activist for greater creative freedom in Singapore. His work has seen him support difficult and unpopular cases.

Margaret Culbong

Margaret has improved the health and welfare of Aboriginal people by setting up Aboriginal controlled health services and raising the profile of Aboriginal health issues in WA.

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Dr Eric Tan

Pioneered endoscopic ‘key hole’ surgery in Australia, teaching the technique overseas, and was the first overseas student to graduate at the top of his class at any medical school in Australia. He is a campaigner against racism, helped to establish the WA Chinese Chamber of Commerce and set up the Project Employ Youth during the last recession, finding work for more than 1000 young people.

Dr George O’Neil

Dr O’Neil is best known for his life-saving work in the treatment of drug addiction. He has designed medical equipment, which is simpler, safer, more efficient and cost-effective to previous alternatives. His tireless work for others includes designing a better pain management system and processes to ease diarrhoea in sick children of developing countries.

May O’Brien

May O’Brien taught in rural and metropolitan schools for over 25 years before establishing the Aboriginal Committees on Education in WA. She also played an instrumental role in setting up Curtin’s Aboriginal bridging course, providing young Aboriginal people with the chance to receive a tertiary education.

Priya Cooper

Priya is a paralympian who has won numerous gold, silver and bronze medals for her efforts in the pool. She holds an Order of Australia medal, has been an Australia Day Ambassador, Ambassador for Sydney 2000 and was nominated for WA Sports Champion of the Year and Coca-Cola Sports Star of the Year, among others.

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