Animal welfare scientist Paul Hemsworth and alumni receive Queens Birthday honours

Professor Paul Hemsworth has been named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen’s Birthday 2019 Honours List for significant service to agricultural science, and to animal welfare.

He is Professor of Animal Welfare Science at the University of Melbourne and was the founding Director of the Animal Welfare Science Centre, a position he held from 1997 – 2017.

From 1992 – 1997, he was Principal Scientist and Head, Division of Animal Production, at the Victorian Institute of Animal Sciences.

Professor Paul Hemsworth AM
Professor Paul Hemsworth AM

Professor Hemsworth and his colleagues’ research on the effects of human-animal interactions on farm animal productivity and welfare has had a global impact. This includes greatly improving our understanding of the influence of human attitudes and behaviour on the animals’ fear of humans, and how this impacts upon stress, productivity and welfare.

His research with Professor Grahame Coleman has shown the applicability of training programs in the dairy, pig and pork abattoir sectors targeting the key influential human characteristics to improve farm animal welfare and productivity.

Professor Hemsworth’s recent research has included applying similar principles to improve the welfare of zoo and domestic animals.

Agriculture alumni honoured  

Alumni Anthony Kennedy and Jill Parker also each received Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).

Mrs Parker received the award for service to local government, and to the community of South West Victoria. She earned a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at the University of Melbourne in 1969 before completing a Graduate Diploma in Education in 1972 and Master of Education in 2000.

She is in her third term on the Moyne Shire Council in the Barwon South West region of Victoria, where she has spent many years as a farming partner and teacher.

Mrs Parker is also chair of Barwon South West Waste and Resource Recovery Group and deputy chair of the Corangamite Regional Library Corporation.

She is also involved with a range of community organisations including the Country Fire Authority, the Anglican Church, the Victorian branch of the Australian Local Government Women's Association and Leadership Great South Coast.

Mr Kennedy received the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the community through a range of organisations. He completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Science in 1999 and a Master of Agriculture in 2010.

Mr Kennedy is Sector Policy Manager at the Industry Development and Innovation Division in the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, and Principal Policy Adviser in the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

He is a Knight in the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem and has been Secretary, Victorian Commandery, since 2015, and is Secretary of the Green Cross Project.

He is an Honorary Justice of Victoria and was a member of the Organising Committee for the Australian tour of Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie of Ethiopia in 2017; Mr Kennedy also received a Medal in the Order of the Ethiopian Star that year.