Queen’s Birthday Honours 2015
Alumni recognised for outstanding public service
Among the University of South Australia alumni recognised for their leadership and community service in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours are two public servants who have dedicated much of their careers to the service of children.
Detective Senior Sergeant First Class Barry Blundell was awarded the Australian Police Medal for his services to policing. He has managed South Australian Police’s (SAPOL) response to electronic crime investigations and evidence since the 1990s is now Officer in Charge of the Electronic Crime Section.
Barry’s journey to e-crime investigation came via his work as a child abuse investigator. He was a member of Operation Torpedo - the first South Australia task force to investigate paedophiles - and an original member of the Child Exploitation Investigation Section.
Barry made South Australia’s first apprehension for the possession of child pornography over the internet in 1995. He quickly realised that he required new skills in technology to address emerging digital crimes and enrolled in a Bachelor of Business (Management Information Systems) at UniSA, graduating in 2000.
“The honour is a nice validation of all the things I’ve been involved in over the years. The thing that led me to where I am now has been education, which has been achieved through the University,” says Barry.
It is a daily challenge to keep ahead of rapidly evolving technology, as criminals exploit new opportunities for cybercrime, says Barry, whose Electronic Crime Section now has 19 staff with strong investigational, electronic evidence and training capabilities.
With two UniSA PhD graduates and a PhD student on his computer forensics team, Barry is leading by example and undertaking a Doctor of IT Management at UniSA and aims to complete it in 2018.
Early childhood educator and Manager of Family Learning, South Australian Department of Education and Child Development, Jane Lemon received a Public Service Medal for outstanding public service to public education, children and families in South Australia. She has a Graduate Certificate and a Master of Education, Early Childhood Education, from UniSA.
For the past 13 of her 40 years in education Jane has led the innovative and successful Learning Together program which tackles intergenerational disadvantage in literacy for children aged from birth to preschool, and their families. The program has been recognised by the United Nation's Organisation for Economic Development as one of 125 world-wide Innovative Learning Environments.
Jane says its secret is teaching parents to connect with their children as they learn by giving them the skills to play and learn with their children. The program also gives parents opportunities to explore their own learning, or to complete the higher school certificate, the SACE.
"A lot of people think that play is innate, but if you haven't had that experience yourself, or if you are experiencing some kind of trauma or disadvantage, then it is difficult to do," says Jane.
"It has been enormously successful. I think it's without doubt the best work I've done and I'm really proud of the program."
Other alumni from UniSA and its antecedent institutions who received Queen’s Birthday honours are:
Dianne Davidson AM, Graduate Diploma of Business Administration, for significant service to the wine making industry, to horticultural management science, and to higher education administration.
Margaret Springgay AM, Graduate Diploma of Business in Health Service Management and Graduate Diploma of Social Science (Health Counselling), for significant service to community health, particularly through leadership and advocacy roles in the area of mental health services.
Steve Kaesler OAM, Associate Diploma of Civil Engineering, for service to community music through a range of roles.
Anne McGovern OAM, Bachelor of Nursing, for service to the Indigenous communities of Mintabie and Mimili.
Philip Fagan-Schmidt PSM, Bachelor of Social Work, for outstanding public service in the area of social housing policy and practice.
Mr John Lawrence ESM, Graduate Certificate Commerce, and MBA, for services to the emergency services sector.
See full list of Queen’s Birthday Honours here