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Honours conferred on Roger Riordan


Honorary Degree

Roger Riordan was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours List in 2002. The citation read:


For service to the community, particularly through the provision of a range of scholarship funds, and to information technology as a pioneer in the field of computer antiviral software.



The Governor of Victoria, John Landy, AC, MBE, conferring Membership of the Order of Australia on Roger Riordan



Professor Trevor Waring, Chancellor, Patricia Riordan, Dr Roger Riordan, Professor Nicholas Saunders, Vice Chancellor

After Graduation Ceremony 19.04.05



On the 19th of April 2005 Roger Riordan was awarded the degree of Doctor of the University honoris causa by the University of Newcastle, in recognition of his charitable work, and in particular the establishment of the Koiki (Eddie) Mabo Trust at the University.




The Citation read, in part:


The Cybec Foundation's commitment to philanthropy has extended to education and the University of Newcastle, and through the establishment of a $200,000 trust fund in the name of Koiki (Eddie) Mabo, the Foundation supports the training of Indigenous medical and health professionals. After reading the autobiographical Snake Cradle by Dr Roberta Sykes, Roger wanted to assist in the promotion of Aboriginal health issues and the reconciliation process. Contact with Dr Sykes introduced him to the University of Newcastle's preparatory program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, Yapug, and a scholarship scheme was founded in 1999. The scheme initially supported students through the enabling program, but has now expanded to provide ongoing assistance for students successful in gaining entry to a health-related degree program at the University.

It is obvious that Roger Riordan is a very special man who not only refuses to give up, but also generously thinks of those within the community who are less fortunate or in need. His resilience and persistence serve as an inspiration to us all and I am delighted that the University of Newcastle can bestow this honour upon him.


Following the presentation, Dr Riordan gave the Occasional Address to the students.]


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