Three people of Indian origin are among the recipients of Australia’s highest civilian honor. The awards have been given for their significant contributions in the field of medicine and work towards the community. One of them is Purushottam Sawrikar, a medical practitioner based in Sydney, Australia. Sawrikar was awarded the Order of Australia medal for the year 2017. The award was given on the Australia Day in General division category for Sawrikar’s contribution to medicine, and to the Indian community. Sawrikar is the founder of a community radio called Akashwani Sydney. Earlier, he also held the post of president of Australian Indian Medical Graduates Association.
The second Indian-origin person to receive the award is Makhan Singh Khangure. Singh received the award based on his contributions in the field of neuroradiology, education and to a number of professional medical associations. The third winner is Vijay Kumar, a nuclear medicine specialist and a researcher. Kumar has done significant work in the field of nuclear medicine and biology. He has also made noteworthy contributions to the community and professional organizations. Earlier, Kumar had received the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization Award in 2007 and 2014.