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Australia Day Honours for our Maccabi Members

Posted: 31-Jan-2020 by Maccabi VIC

Mazal Tov to Professor Rachelle Buchbinder AO, Member of the Maccabi AJAX Swimming Club, and Maccabi Victoria Hall of Fame Member Tom Danos OAM on your 2020 Australia Day Honours.  

Prof Rachelle Buchbinder AO and Tom Danos OAM

Professor Rachelle Buchbinder - AO

For distinguished service to medical education in the fields of epidemiology and rheumatology, and to professional associations.

Caring for her late father during his illness first inspired Professor Rachelle Buchbinder to a career in medicine, a calling that has been recognised with her being made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO). "My father had very premature heart disease. I just watched him being sick from his late 20s on, and wanted to fix him," she reflected. As to her specialisations, "rheumatology seemed like a specialty and then I also did epidemiology, which I love". A former president of the Australian Rheumatology Association, Buchbinder chairs the management committee of the Australian Rheumatology Association Database, and is Coordinating Editor of Cochrane Musculoskeletal, an online resource for health care professionals, researchers and consumer representatives. Among numerous roles at Monash University, she has been professor of the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine since 2007, and Director of the university's Department of Clinical Epidemiology since its inception in 2001.  Buchbinder chairs the steering group of the Australia & New Zealand Musculoskeletal Clinical Trial Network, a project "I'm particularly proud of", she noted. "I'm very proud of all the young researchers I've had the privilege to teach and mentor over many years," she said. Another highlight is "educating the public and clinicians about how to use research evidence to guide better clinical decision-making and reduce low-value care", she added. "I aim to make a big impact on improving care for people."  Buchbinder said that continuing to see patients and having an academic career is a great balance between the clinical and the academic. " I love the combination. You get to make a difference one on one, but then you get the opportunity  to make a difference to more people by doing research as well." Although she received a commendation in the Victorian Premier's Award for Medical Research in 2007, the Triennial Parr Prize in Rheumatology in 2004 and the Volvo Award in 2001, Buchbinder's AO came as a surprise. "I felt shocked, honoured and humbled to be recognised". 

Tom Danos - OAM

For Service to the Law, and to the Community

Veteran Maccabi administrator, and Maccabi VIctoria Hall of Fame Member,
Tom Danos has been honoured with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the law and to the community. Danos, who is a barrister with Melbourne law firm Svenson Barristers, served as Maccabi Australia president from 1998 to 2001 and is currently a member of the Maccabi World Union Executive. “I was very humbled - I'm the son of Holocaust survivors who came to Australia and have been given every opportunity here and it is a way of paying back all those opportunities," he said. At school and university Danos competed in running events and represented Australia at the Maccabiah Games in 1981 - the year he became president of the Maccabi Athletic Club. From 1982-87 he was president of Victoria Maccabi, then served on the national body as Maccabi Australia Vice-President from 1996-98 and Maccabi Australia President from 1998 to 2001. "There have been many highlights and unfortunately there were some lowlights with the 1997 Maccabiah bridge disaster," he said. "Worldwide there are more than 400.000 Maccabi members today making it a very significant organisation doing a lot of good work in connection with Israel." Danos has been President of Victorian Friends of Hebrew University from 1981-87 and 1992-94, and is a member of the Australian Academic Selection Board of Golda Meir Fellowships. "I have been greatly involved with the Victorian Bar Pro-Bono Committee for more than a decade and its pro-bono work," he said. "Unfortunately this is a growth area in the community and encompasses organisations such as JusticeConnect and community legal centres throughout the state, and it has become a very large part of the legal system."

We also congratulate the following Maccabi and Sports Foundations Supporters on their respective Australia Day Honours.

Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)
Graham Goldsmith AO – For distinguished service to the community through philanthropic foundations, to education, and to the banking and employment sectors.
Sam Lipski AO – For distinguished service to the community through the promotion of strategic philanthropy, to education, and to Australia-Israel relations.

Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
Dr Erica Frydenberg AM – For significant service to psychology as a researcher, educator and adviser
Rosie Lew AM – For significant service to the community, and to philanthropy.*Bian

Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)
Paulette Cherny OAM – For service to the Jewish community of Victoria.
Judith Feiglin OAM – For service to the Jewish community.
Timmy Rubin OAM – For service to the Jewish community of Melbourne.

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