University of Newcastle researcher Professor Roger Smith has been named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2013 Australia Day Honours list.

Professer Roger Smith is the Co-Director of the University’s Priority Research Centre for Reproductive Science and Director of the Mothers and Babies Research Centre.  He also leads the Hunter Medical Research Institute‘s Pregnancy and Reproduction Program.

Professor Smith is an internationally recognised leader in the endocrinology of pre-term labour.  He is also a recognised leader in the field of maternal health in Indigenous Australians.


In 2000, HMRI awarded Professor Smith the HMRI Award for Research Excellence and in 2010, he received an Exceptional Service Medal for his ongoing contribution to the organisation.

Read more about Professor Roger Smith and his work.

The University would also like to congratulate Emeritus Professor Phil Foreman, who has also been named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for “significant service to tertiary education, particularly in the area of special education, and to people with a disability”; and Emeritus Professor Sally Redman AO, Director of the Sax Institute, who has received her award for “distinguished service to public health through leadership in the care of women with breast cancer, contributions to research and higher education and the promotion of relationships between researchers, policy makers and practitioners”.