Seven Indian-origin Australians receive top honours

Melbourne: As many as 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.

Another Indian-origin woman 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 were Shashi Kant Kochchar for his contribution towards the community through charitable initiatives, 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 multiculturalism while Brisbane-based Maha Sinnathamby received the OAM for his contribution to the property industry and the community.

More than 1,000 Australians were honoured as part of the Queen’s Birthday award ceremonies this year, including former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd who was honoured with Companion of the Order of Australia.

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