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Alumni recognised in 2017 Australia Day honours

Senior Sergeant Trudy Andresen APM
Senior Sergeant Trudy Andresen APM

An exemplary police force trainer and two advocates for vulnerable people in the community are among the twelve University of South Australia alumni recognised in the 2017 Australia Day Honours announced on 26 January.

Senior Sergeant Trudy Andresen APM, was awarded the Australian Police Medal for her work as a driving force in the development and delivery of the police records system known as Program Shield, where she is currently the Training Manager.

Trudy joined the police force in 1981 and for almost two decades served in a range of areas, including country and metropolitan patrols, working with victims of crime and Community programs, before her move into training after completing a Bachelor of Social Science Justice Administration at UniSA in 2005. Since then she has been responsible for the delivery of training to all ranks, from new recruits through to Inspectors on a range of promotional courses. In 2014 she managed the initial delivery of Shield training to more than 4,000 police state-wide.

Honoured to have her hard work recognised in this way, Trudy says one of her finest career achievements “is being promoted to a position where I needed to lead a team of new trainers through a busy period of promotional courses. Luckily we all made it.”

“I like seeing the confidence a student gets when they understand a concept or information and are able to apply it effectively.”

Simon Schrapel AM

Simon Schrapel AM, CEO of Uniting Communities, says that studying social work at UniSA provided the essential foundation for his 30-year career working in front line social work and community development. He holds a number of senior federal and State Government policy advisory roles and is the former President of the Australian Council of Social Services.

An active advocate of child protection policy reform, Simon was Chair of the Building Capacity Building Bridges Steering Committee that was supported by UniSA’s Australian Centre for Child Protection. A member of the National Implementation Working Group for the Framework for Protecting Australia's Children since its inception, Simon considers obtaining a commitment from the Australian Government and all State and Territory governments to establish a long term National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children was a significant achievement.

“Now into its eighth year the Framework is unique in as much that it continues to be collaboratively led by not only Federal and State governments but also representatives of civil society organisations making it a truly tripartite commitment. The Framework has been successful in driving many high level policy changes, including Australia’s first Children’s Commissioner and national standards governing out of home care services. I am enormously proud to have played an instrumental role, with other colleagues, in both the establishment and implementation of the National Framework,” says Simon.

“As a campaigner for social justice causes, in particular children’s rights, being publicly acknowledged gives credence to this work and its value in our community. It’s also an honour I genuinely share with the many others who have contributed their time and effort to improving the lives of others,” says Simon.

Simon is Chair of the UniSA’s School of Psychology Social Work and Social Policy Advisory Board and a member of the University’s Strategic Management Committee for its Research Node for Low Carbon Living.

David Linn OAM

David Linn OAM joined the Board of the Australian Refugee Association Inc. (ARA) in 1989 and was President from 2002 until 2015. He was also pivotal in establishing STTARS, Survivors of Torture and Trauma Assistance and Rehabilitation Service Inc.

An engineer by profession, David completed a Master of Engineering by research at UniSA’s antecedent institution, the South Australian Institute of Technology, in 1981. He ran his own consulting business for almost half of his career and travelled throughout the world.

David says his finest achievements were volunteering with ARA “helping to guide a wonderful and highly-regarded South Australian settlement organisation and its related entities into a professional operation with a secure future.”

“This could only be achieved with dedicated members of the Board, members of staff and thousands of volunteers and supporters over that time,” he says.

With his wife, Liz, they have directly supported 24 children and young people in developing countries, especially in Lesotho. For the past 10 years they led an organisation that has shipped more than 100,000 books to Lesotho to establish libraries in over 60 schools and child-related organisations. This operation has now been formalised through Books for Lesotho Inc.

“My wife and I are rewarded when we see people using this assistance to help themselves, making the most of any opportunity they are given. We are amazed at the number of people who dedicate their lives to helping their own people in need; it is reward enough to be able to call some of them friends.”

Nine other UniSA alumni received an honour:

His Honour the Honourable John Hardy AO, Radiography Certificate, Administrator of the Northern Territory
For distinguished service to the people of the Northern Territory, and as a patron and supporter of a range of aviation, health, emergency service and charitable organisations.

Mr Graeme Martin AM, Graduate Diploma in Business Administration
For significant service to the real estate industry through executive roles, to professional property institutes, and to education.

Mr John Kennedy OAM, Associate Diploma in Business (Management)
For service to local government, and to the community of Campbelltown.

Mr Alan Orrock OAM, Bachelor of Adult and Vocational Education
For service to the community through a range of organisations.

Mr Graeme Stratford OAM, Diploma of Technology in Accountancy
For service to higher education administration, and to the community.

Mr John Wittwer OAM, Graduate Diploma in Program Evaluation
For service to the community of Hahndorf.

Ms Rosina Antenucci PSM, Graduate Diploma in Teaching English as a Second Language and Bachelor of Education: Inservice Education & Training of Adults
Public Sector Medal for outstanding public service to education and to the teaching of English as an additional language.

Mr Corey Dunn AFSM, Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) in Conservation Management and Bachelor of Computer and Information Science. Australian Fire Service Medal.

Mr Shane Daw ESM, Graduate Diploma in Management. Emergency Services Medal.

View the full list of UniSA alumni, honorary doctors and fellows who received honours here.

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