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COMPANION OF THE NEW ZEALAND ORDER OF MERIT
Prof Peter Crampton
For services to education and health sciences
Prof Peter Crampton has been honoured after his term as University of Otago pro-vice-chancellor of health sciences came to a close, but his working life is very far from finished.
The recipient of the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education and health sciences is still making contributions in both fields - teaching at Otago, writing research papers, and as a panel member of the Government's Health and Disability System review.
''I'm still very much hard at it - I've got lots on my plate and I'm very happy and busy being a jobbing academic as well as being on the health system review panel, which is an amazing undertaking and it is a real pleasure to be involved.''
Prof Crampton, who stepped down earlier this year as pro-vice chancellor and also as dean of the Otago Medical School, has had a long and distinguished career in academia and public health.
He is highly regarded for his expertise in public health, the needs of diverse communities, primary healthcare, and Maori and Pacific Island health needs.
''Education and health sciences are two big, complex worlds and in my work I have straddled them both, so it's nice for that to be acknowledged,'' Prof Crampton said.
''Everything I am involved in is teamwork and is the product of people working together in teams in complementary ways, and that is a very major component of the pleasure of my work, I get to meet and work with such wonderful and diverse people.
''These sort of acknowledgments are recognition of team effort, whanau effort and community effort.''