June 17 2011
Queen's Birthday Honours to Chancellor and physiotherapy pioneer
Ian Gould has been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday
Honours, appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his
service to the mining industry, education and the community.
Dr Gould, who has been UniSA’s Chancellor for nearly three years, is a geologist by profession. He has 40 years’ experience in the minerals industry, having worked in CRA and Rio Tinto Group before becoming Group Managing Director of Normandy Mining Limited. The AM particularly notes his efforts as a proponent of environmental management in the mining sector. He is also a member of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, St Andrew’s Hospital and Economic Development boards in SA.
Dr Gould was both encouraged and honoured to receive the AM and says he has been very fortunate in his varied career over the past 40 years. He sees the mining industry as vital to the Australian economy and he believes the future of the sector in SA is especially bright.
“In South Australia in particular we are seeing a booming mining industry, which is an important and sustainable part of our state’s economy, based on our unique geology, our expertise and support of government,” he says.
Dr Gould says he has been delighted to make a contribution to the state’s education sector as UniSA’s Chancellor since July 2008.
“South Australia continues to build on its reputation for education excellence. I’m proud to be part of UniSA, which has earned a reputation for innovation, adaptability and training of professionals through its quality teaching and research,” he says.
Physiotherapy pioneer honoured
Dr Gould was joined on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list by physiotherapy pioneer Emeritus Professor Ruth Grant. Prof Grant was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her service to the profession of physiotherapy, to education and to the development of clinical health sciences in Australia.
Prof Grant retired from UniSA in 2002. She was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus for her contribution to the university and in recognition of her leadership in physiotherapy both nationally and internationally. Prior to her retirement, she was Pro Vice Chancellor of UniSA’s Division of Health Sciences.
She says receiving the award is a real privilege and one that honours both her profession and the university. It recognises her contribution more broadly too, in accreditation and quality audit. She played a key role in the development of the first protocol for testing of patients with neck pain and headache in whom treatment by manipulation might pose a risk. At the time, physiotherapy was the only profession worldwide to endorse and recommend such a protocol. Screen has been further refined and is now undertaken by all professions concerned with managing patients with neck pain and headache.
UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Høj says the Queen’s Birthday Honours recognise the recipients’ dedication to the community. He says the awards are also testament to the high calibre of people at UniSA.
“Both Ian and Ruth have made outstanding contributions in their respective sectors and the university is incredibly proud of their achievements,” Prof Høj says.
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