Deborah Lehmann has dedicated many years to the study of infectious diseases and how to prevent their spread in the community.
Her work in the field of epidemiology, particularly the prevention of pneumococcal infection in the indigenous community, has earned her an Officer in the General Division.
After more than a decade at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, Dr Lehmann said she was motivated to conduct research that would improve the lives of children and their families, particularly the most deprived around the world.
She said the award was an acknowledgment of the team effort of colleagues in Papua New Guinea and Australia, in particular at the institute.
"I enjoy working with a wonderful group of researchers who share the passion to make a difference in the health and wellbeing of children by doing excellent multi-disciplinary research in a friendly, supportive environment," she said.