Flying Doctor board members named Members of the Order of Australia

Date published

30 Jan 2020

The hard work and dedication of two Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) board members were formally recognised in this year’s Australia Day honours. 

Professor Cindy Shannon and Mrs Georgie Somerset were both named as Members of the Order of Australia on Sunday for outstanding service within their chosen fields.

Professor Cindy Shannon

Professor Cindy Shannon, a proud Ngugi woman and descendant of the Quandamooka people, has been recognised for her significant service to indigenous health and medical education.

After recently being named Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous) at Griffith University, Ms Shannon has gone above and beyond for her commitment to the sector.

“I’m grateful for the recognition this award gives to First People’s health. It highlights what can be achieved through university and Aboriginal community partnerships working together,” she said.

“Indigenous health is an area that 20 years ago had very little input from indigenous people, if anything at all, yet it has been the biggest public health issue in Australia for a very long time.

“This award demonstrates just how far we’ve come and how honoured I am to be a part of this continuing journey.”

Mrs Georgie Somerset

Mrs Georgie Somerset, AgForce President and Durong cattle producer, was recognised for her significant service to primary industry, women and the community.

Mrs Somerset was humbled to receive the accolade and said the honour was in being able to represent the men and women of regional Australia.

“There are no more resilient, resourceful and positive people living anywhere in the world than here in the bush,” she said.

“We are used to battling on with a steadfast resilience against whatever is thrown at us, raising strong families who remain positive when seasons are dire, knowing they will continue this incredible positivity.”

“It is a privilege to be involved in helping provide a voice for these people and their businesses.”

Mr Russell Postle, RFDS (Queensland Section) Chairman, said the Flying Doctor in Queensland is honoured to have two women on the Board recognised for their outstanding achievements.

“We are incredibly proud to have both Georgie and Cindy a part of the Royal Flying Doctor Service Board within Queensland,” he said.

“These awards are a testament to their commitment to provide the very best in health care to rural, remote and regional Queenslanders.”