Glenn Rees recognised in Queen’s Birthday honours

CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia and member of the Aged Care Alliance, Glenn Rees, has been awarded a Member of the Order of Australia, for his distinguished years of service to aged care and consumer advocacy on dementia.


Glenn Rees, recipient of the Member of the Order of Australia, Queen’s Birthday honours, 2013

Alzheimer’s Australia CEO, Glenn Rees, has been awarded a Member of the Order of Australia, (AM), for his distinguished service to aged care and advocacy on dementia in the Queen’s Birthday honours list announced on Monday.

Mr Rees, who is also a member of the National Aged Care Alliance and has been involved in aged care reform for nearly three decades, was among the 582 Australians recognised for their achievements in diverse areas including health, sport and the arts.

In 1985 Mr Rees chaired the Nursing Homes and Hostels Review, which marked the beginning of a long career in Australian social policy and advocacy. As chair of the review he was involved in implementing the first wave of aged care reforms (1986-1993), work which continues today as part of the Living Longer, Living Better agenda.

Mr Rees is a member of Minister’s Dementia Advisory Group and has held the position of CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia since 2000, during which time dementia has been made a National Health Priority area.

He has also contributed to Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), the worldwide federation of Alzheimer associations.

Between 1993 and 1999, Mr Rees was Deputy Secretary and Acting CEO of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commissioner.

In the current edition of Australian Ageing Agenda, Mr Rees told AAA that he wants to continue to maximise opportunities for older people and people with dementia.

In particular, he sees consumer directed care (CDC) as an exciting opportunity to unlock the capacity of older people and carers to take decisions for themselves. “We have been advocating for CDC since 2000, partly because we wanted the community to understand that people with dementia wanted choice and control,” he said.

(Read Australian Ageing Agenda’s profile of Mr Rees in the May – June edition of the print magazine.)

Other honours recipients

Efforts to improve the services available to people with dementia were also recognised through the advocacy and advisory work of Barbara Cail, Advisory Council Chair with Alzheimer’s Australia NSW, who was appointed to the Office of the Order of the Australia, AO.

Honours also went to individuals working in the areas of multicultural aged care, palliative care, cancer and arthritis.

In the area of aged care services and ageing, Emmanuela (Lilian) Antonelli was recognised for service to aged welfare, particularly within the Australian-Italian community.

Mrs Antonelli, who was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM), has been involved with the Assisi Centre Aged Care in Melbourne, a specialist organisation providing aged care services for the Italian community since 1996.

Community volunteer, Joan Nicholas was awarded an OAM for services to the aged and homeless. Ms Nicholas has been a volunteer with Napier Street Aged Care Services and a member of its fundraising committee for more than 10 years, as well as the driving force behind the establishment of a 24-hour addiction helpline.

In NSW, Richard Young was appointed an OAM for services to aged care, particularly in the Illawarra region. Mr Young has been a member of the board of directors of the Illawarra Retirement Trust for 40 years, where he was involved in pioneering the implementation of community care packages and extended care packages.

Judith Nguyen, Past President of Arthritis Tasmania and former Director and Consumer Representative of Arthritis Australia, was also recognised for her contribution to consumer advocacy.

In the field of community and public health, Gabi Hollows, vocal advocate for the eradication of blindness and the widow of acclaimed eye surgeon Fred Hollows, received the Officer of the Order of Australia, AO for her work as founding director of the Fred Hollows Foundation.

Professor Robyn Ward, a leading cancer researcher and oncologist, was also awarded an AM for significant service to medical research and patient care.



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2 thoughts on “Glenn Rees recognised in Queen’s Birthday honours

  1. On behalf of all of the staff at the Aged Care Channel, I would like to congratulate Glenn and all the other very worthy recipients of these awards in recognition of their outstanding contributions to improving the quality of life of Australians.

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