In Australia, seven Indian-origin Australians, including three women, have received the country’s top honours for their significant contributions in the field of medicine, music, education and finance.
Jayashri Kulkarni, the Director of the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre and Winita Hardikar received Member of the Order of Australia (OAM) for their contributions in the field of medicine.
Melbourne-based artist Jayshree Ramachandran was awarded the OAM for her service to performing arts through Indian music and dance at the award ceremony last night.
Other Indian-origin Australians to receive the OAM was Shashi Kant Kochchar for his contribution towards the community through charitable initiatives and Arun Kumar for his significant service to the financial planning sector and to the community.
Canberra-based Krishna Dhana Nadimpalli received the recognition for his service to multi-culturalism while Brisbane-based Maha Sinnathamby received the OAM for his contribution to the property industry and the community.
As part of the Queen’s Birthday Award ceremonies, over 1,000 Australians around the country were honoured.