The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients
Senior Australian of the Year
2014 VIC Senior Australian of the Year Nominee
Dr Rob GordonState: Victoria
A clinical psychologist, Dr Rob Gordon has spent the past 30 years working with people affected by emergencies and disasters. Rob was there in the aftermath of the Bali bombings and Christchurch earthquake, Black Saturday, the Canberra firestorm and, most recently, the Tasmanian bushfires, as well as many other large-scale disasters. He has advised the Red Cross and governments on how to assist individual people and whole communities as they rebuild and recover. His first-hand experience has helped many people affected by disasters to understand their reactions to trauma and grief, while his academic papers have contributed to new approaches to community engagement during the critical stages of recovery. Rob’s empathetic presence instils hope, while his stories and practical examples have supported thousands of people as they come to terms with their situation and their emotions. Years later, many people can still recount the reassuring words from Rob that helped them through the most difficult time of their lives.