The National Rural Health Alliance congratulates Professor Kelvin Matthew Kong and Dr Suzanne Margaret Harrison for receiving the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) and Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division respectively at the 2024 Australia Day Honours.
Professor Kong was a keynote speaker at the 15th National Rural Health Conference hosted by the Alliance in 2019 and presented on the topic ‘Hearing loss and poor educational outcomes for rural children’. He was recognised on Australia Day for significant service to medicine as an Otolaryngologist, and to Indigenous health. Professor Kong is from the University of Newcastle's School of Medicine and Public Health and is a head and neck surgeon.
Dr Harrison was recognised for service to rural medicine. She was a mentor for the Alliance’s Rural Australia Medical Undergraduate Scholarship (RAMUS) Scheme which assisted selected students with a rural background to study medicine at university.
Dr Harrison graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1981 and has been a rural GP in Echuca since 1984, Visiting Medical Officer with anaesthetics and emergency medicine. Dr Harrison is a founding member, former board director, and current supervisor liaison officer at the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine. She’s president of Rural Doctors Association of Victoria, RDAA Board member, and Board member of Rural Workforce Agency of Victoria.