ABOVE: Mark receiving his “gong” from Governor Beasley. PHOTO COURTESY OF GOVERNMENT HOUSE NSW
by Warren Heggarty
Mark received the Order of Australia at the 2019 Australia Day Honours List in recognition of his significant services to community health over the years, and not only in the field of mental health.
Serving as the former President of the AIDS Council of NSW (ACON) from 2008 to 2015, Mark is an active volunteer and long-standing champion for the health and wellbeing of people living with HIV and people who identify as LGBTI. He’s a leader of leaders, too, as current ACON president Dr Justin Koonan pointed out: “Mark has mentored many others as they take on leadership roles within our communities.” (ACON, 2019)
In May, Mark went to Government House in Sydney for his investiture by the new Governor of NSW, Her Excellency the honourable Margaret Beasley AO QC.
Mark has been the CEO of Flourish Australia since January 2018.