Alumnus Bernie McKay is named in the Australia Day Honours list

30 January 2017

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We congratulate Bernie, who attended ACK in the 1950s, on being named an Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia. He was honoured for his distinguished service to public administration, particularly to the health sector, through the development, promotion and implementation of preventative health campaigns, programs and policies.

He was head of the Australian Government Department of Health under Bob Hawke from 1984 to 1987.

Bernie, from Terranora in NSW, was behind several influential public health campaigns, including Quit for Life, and AIDS awareness including commissioning the Grim Reaper ads.

He was involved in several reviews including those for Worksafe Australia, transport regulation in the ACT and ambulance services in the Northern Territory.

(Article from the Tweed Valley Weekly and photo from the ABC.)