Professor Peter Leggat
A longstanding contribution to community service and his profession by James Cook University’s Professor Peter Leggat AM has been recognised by promotion to Commander of the Order of St John.
Professor Leggat is the Deputy Dean of JCU’s College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences and Acting Head of the Discipline of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
Professor Leggat said that while the honour meant a lot to him, he saw these awards as recognition of the volunteer work, training and other contributions made by St John Ambulance across Australia.
He said it also reflected JCU’s high standing in public health and the progress that has been made in Australia in asserting a greater leadership role in the fields of disaster and emergency medicine within the region.
“JCU has one of Australasia’s largest postgraduate programs in public health and tropical medicine and has been recognised internationally,” Professor Leggat said.
“We’re concerned with training health professionals working in tropical Australia and beyond and actively contribute to research of health problems of the tropical world."
Commander of the Order of St John is awarded for having made an outstanding contribution to the Order over a sustained period and will usually have been at an international, national or regional level.
Professor Leggat is currently national Director of Training of St John Ambulance, a volunteer role, and his signature appears on around 700,000 first aid certificates every year. He recently retired from his familiar black and white uniformed role in St John, where he had served in senior roles since 2000, including as State Medical Officer.
He joins an impressive list of Order of St John recipients announced recently in the Australian Government Gazette dated 20 September 2016. Professor Leggat was also admitted as a Member of General Division of the Order of Australia in 2013 for significant contributions to medicine.
Professor Leggat has been with JCU for 25 years. A former Fulbright Scholar and current Fulbright Ambassador, he is currently Deputy Dean of JCU’s College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences and Acting Head of the Discipline of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. The College offers several popular postgraduate courses in disaster health and emergency response.
Further information on 2016 Admissions and Promotions in the Order of St John: https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2016G01262