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Mon, 12 Sep 2016

Celebrating JCU’s Outstanding Alumni

2016 Outstanding Alumni
James Cook University's 2016 Outstanding Alumni with JCU Chancellor Bill Tweddell (sixth from right)

Some of James Cook University’s most talented graduates have been honoured, with the announcement of the University’s annual Outstanding Alumni awards.

Twelve graduates of JCU and its predecessor institutions have been recognised for their outstanding contributions at a local, state, national and/or international level.

The 2016 Outstanding Alumni Awards have been announced at a breakfast function in Townsville.

There were two winners from each of JCU’s six colleges – a college winner and an early career winner. They appear below, with the College Winner listed first.

The Chancellor’s Outstanding Alumnus was selected from the College Winners. This year’s winner is Dr Shannon Springer, who oversees Bond University’s indigenous health curriculum.

As one of the first two Indigenous graduates in the inaugural James Cook University medical cohort, he has been a role model and tireless worker in his commitment to improve the health of Indigenous Australians.

Congratulations to all our winners!

Business, Law and Governance

Moya Steele, MacDonnells Law

Katherine Andrews, MacDonnells Law

Arts, Society and Education

The Hon Jan McLucas, Retired Senator for Queensland - Labor

Peterson Opio, White Ribbon Australia

Science and Engineering

John Gunn, Australian Institute of Marine Science

Dr Martin Breed, The University of Adelaide

Medicine and Dentistry

Dr Shannon Springer, Bond University

Dr Christopher Freeman, Camp Hill Healthcare

Healthcare Sciences

Dr Joann Lukins, Peak Performance Psychology

Dr Kathryn Hayward, The University of British Columbia

Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences

Prof Ramon Shaban, Griffith University

Dr Lachlan Strohfeldt, Bell Veterinary Services Queensland

Photos of the award recipients, and their citations, are available here:


Richard Davis

Head of Media and Communications, JCU

0413 451 475