Queen’s Birthday honours for staff at Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network

Sydney Children's Hospitals Network (SCHN) is made up of people who are passionate and dedicated to making a difference to the lives of sick children and their families.

This year's Queen's Birthday Honour List recognises four of those people for their outstanding contribution to the community and paediatric health - Dr Antoinette Anazodo, A/Prof Gary Sholler, Jeremy Wright and Prof Karen Zwi.

Supporting children and families is a vital part of our work across SCHN and according to Chief Executive, Cathryn Cox and Board Chair Elizabeth Crouch, is only possible through a compassionate and expert approach to care.

“It’s a privilege to work alongside such inspiring individuals who give their all to supporting the more than 150,000 children in our care,” said Ms Cox.

“The challenges of working in paediatrics can be great, but thanks to the expertise of people like Antoinette, Gary, Jeremy and Karen, we’re able to give hope to so many.”

“Working in partnership with families is part of our work and something we take very seriously,” said Ms Crouch. “We rely on the expert advice, advocacy and leadership qualities displayed by our team and we are thankful to have these four amazing individuals as part of our team.”

Congratulations to Antoinette, Gary, Jeremy and Karen.

Dr Antoinette Anazodo

Medal of the Order of Australia

For service to medical research. Dr Anazodo is a paediatric oncologist, Fertility Research Program lead, researcher at the Kids Cancer Centre and former director, Young Adult and Adolescent Cancer. Other awards and recognition include: NSW Premiers Award for improving government services, Cancer Institute, 2017, NSW Premiers Rising Star Award, Cancer Institute, 2016, Churchill Fellowship, 2015 and Pride of Australia Award, News Corporation, 2015.

Associate Professor Gary Sholler, Senior Network Paediatric and Fetal Cardiologist

Member of the Order of Australia

For significant service to paediatric medicine, and to tertiary medical education.

A/Prof Sholler is Senior Network Paediatric and Fetal Cardiologist and former director, Heart Centre for Children and former director of SCHN Cardiac Services.

Mr Jeremy Wright, SCHN Board member

Member of the Order of Australia

For significant service to the not-for-profit sector, and to the performing arts.

Mr Wright has been a member of the SCHN Board since 2014. He is co-chair of the SCHN Quality and Safety Committee and a member of the Aboriginal Health Strategic Committee and the previous Stakeholder and Engagement Committee.

Conjoint Professor (UNSW) Karen Zwi, Clinical Program Director - Priority Populations

Medal of the Order of Australia

For service to paediatric medicine. Professor Zwi is a paediatrician and head of Community Child Health (SCH) and Clinical Program Director, Priority Populations. Other awards and recognition include the Michelle Beets Memorial Award, Humpty Dumpty Foundation in 2019 and Child Protection Champion, SCHN in 2020.