Dr Jo Newton OAM

Jo Newton (YG 2006) was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2020  Queen’s Birthday Honours List. The investiture ceremony, which was delayed due to Covid, will be held on Wednesday 10 February at 10.30am. You can watch live here, or you can watch afterwards here.

Jo received this honour for her contribution to agriculture through her advocacy and support of young people, volunteering and contribution to dairy science.

Jo Newton works as a research scientist for Agriculture Victoria. As a Geneticist, her research explores how new DNA tools can support dairy farmers to produce safe, affordable, nutritious milk in a sustainable way. Jo also mentors and advocates for young people through her volunteer work with not-for-profit organisations like Picture You in Agriculture.

In May 2019, whilst completing a post-doctoral fellowship in Ireland, Jo was diagnosed with Bowel cancer. Jo celebrated her 30th birthday and then flew home for surgery and treatment. As a ‘Cancer Survivor’ Jo continues to remain positive and inspirational now adding her voice to help spread the messages of the #never2young campaign for Bowel Cancer Australia.

Jo said of her OAM award, ‘To me, leadership is a journey of lifelong learning and I will continue to strive to be worthy of the honour I have been granted. I am incredibly grateful to the agricultural sector who has invested in me through providing access to professional and personal development opportunities. I will pay it forward through continued advocacy and support of young people.’

You can read more about Jo through her blog Cancer at 30, on starting her 30s with Stage 3 bowel cancer.

Image Credit: Massimiliano Nardini

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