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Biographical entry Black, Andrew Barham

OAM

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Neurologist and Ornithologist

Summary

Andrew Black is a neurologist who was Head of Neurology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Adelaide from 1987 to 1996 and who specialised in the treatment of epilepsy. His interest in birds led him to join the South Australian Ornithological Association, of which he was President from 1974 to 1976, and the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union. He became particularly interested in grasswrens, publishing over 50 papers and the book Grasswrens, Australian outback identities (2017) with P. Gower. Black's concern for unrestrained clearance of native vegetation resulted in his joining the Nature Conservation Society of South Australia and similar organisations. He was appointed to South Australian Government authorities which had responsibility for assessing applications for clearance under several Acts. In 2018 Black was awarded the J. N. Hobbs Memorial Medal by Birdlife Australia for his significant contributions to ornithology.

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1963
Education - MB BS, University of Adelaide
1967 -
Career position - Member, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
1969 - 1995
Career position - Member, South Australian Ornithological Association
1974
Career position - Member, Nature Conservation Society of South Australia
1974 - 1976
Career position - President, South Australian Ornithological Association
1975 - 1997
Career position - Member, Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union
1976 - 2007
Career position - Committee member and medical advisor, Epilepsy Association of South Australia
1977 - 1984
Career position - Member of Council, Conservation Council of South Australia
1978 - 2008
Career position - Member of Council, Phoenix Society
1980 - 1984
Career position - President, Nature Conservation Society of South Australia
1985 - 1987
Career position - Member of Council, Australian Conservation Foundation
1985 - 1990
Career position - President, South Australian Ornithological Association
1987 - 1996
Career position - Head of Neurology, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Adelaide
1991 - 2001
Career position - Member, Native Vegetation Council, South Australia
1991 - 2005
Career position - Member of various committees, Epilepsy Society of Australia
1995 -
Award - Honorary Life Member, South Australian Ornithological Association
1997 - 2000
Career position - President, Epilepsy Society of Australia
1997 - 2011
Career position - Member, Birds Australia
2000
Award - Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to conservation and the environment, to ornithology and to medicine, particularly in the field of epilepsy
2003 -
Career position - Honorary Research Associate in Ornithology, South Australian Museum
2004 - 2007
Career position - President, South Australian Ornithological Association
2012 -
Career position - Member, Birdlife Australia

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