Author, activist and psychologist Steve Biddulph was recognised with a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list announced on Monday.
Mr Biddulph, a member of the Pilgrim Uniting Church, in Launceston, was recognised for his contributions to community health and as an author and educator.
He has written eight books – including Raising Boys, Raising Girls, Stories of Manhood and The Making of Love – and argues for a more affectionate and connected form of parenting.
Mr Biddulph is also a patron of the Australian Children’s Media Council, Family Life Victoria, the Sanctuary Australia Foundation and the St Francis Children’s Society in the United Kingdom.
He is a director of The Evandale Centre and a supporter of Children Out of Detention (Chilout).
Mr Biddulph, who was voted Australian Father of the Year in 2000, has campaigned against Australia’s treatment of refugee parents and children.
Recipients of the Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division included Ms Margaret Anne Littlehales (Ballarat Central Uniting Church) for service to youth through the Guiding movement and to the Uniting Church in Australia, Dr Valerie Margaret Tarrant (Beaumaris-Black Rock Uniting Church) for service to conservation and the environment and Mrs Joan Vogels (Pakenham Uniting Church) for service to youth through the Guiding movement.
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