Catholic leaders' service honoured

Richard Gray

Sister Joan Veronica Healy of Victoria, Joseph Peter Khoury of of NSW and Richard Gray of Catholic Health Australia were among the Catholics honoured in the Queen's Birthday list this year.

Sr Joan was named for significant service to the Church, and as a social welfare advocate in South-East Asia while Mr Khoury was named for service to the Maronite Church in Australia, and to the Lebanese community of Australia.

Meanwhile, the Catholic Health Australia Stewardship Board chair Rowena McNally congratulated Richard Gray, one of the country’s leading aged care advocates for more than 20 years, for his 'very fitting' inclusion in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday honours list.

Mr Gray, who joined Catholic Health Australia in 1996 as director of aged care services, was yesterday named a member of the Order of Australia for 'significant service to the community in the not-for-profit aged care and disability service sectors.'

'Richard has been a familiar face around the halls of Parliament House for more than two decades and has been a very effective advocate for Catholic and not-for-profit aged care services under an astonishing 14 Commonwealth aged care ministers,' Ms McNally said.

Mr Gray has served on countless advisory and consultative committees, including serving a full term as a board member of the Commonwealth Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency, and served for many years on the Commonwealth Aged Care Minister's Aged Care Advisory Committee. Before joining CHA, Mr Gray was the inaugural executive director of what is today Aged and Community Services Australia, establishing its Canberra presence.


Queen's birthday honour fitting tribute for long-time aged care advocate (Catholic Health)

Full list (The Sydney Morning Herald)

Queen's Birthday Honours: a wide field (The Age)

Queen's Birthday honours: QUT vice-chancellor recognised (The Brisbane Times)

Queens Birthday honours: Canberrans fare well in military awards (The Canberra Times)

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