Olivia Newton-John
 Jan 9, 2020

Olivia becomes a dame

ONJ Centre Founding Champion, Olivia Newton-John, has received a damehood in the UK New Year Honours list for services to charity, cancer research and entertainment.

"I am extremely excited, honoured and grateful beyond words to be included with such an esteemed group of women who have received this award," Olivia said.

"As a girl born in Cambridge, I am very proud of my British ancestry and so appreciative to be recognised in this way by the United Kingdom."

Olivia has made an incredible contribution to people living with cancer through our Centre, giving people hope and positivity, as well as helping them thrive during their cancer journeys.

ONJ Centre Divisional Director of Cancer and Neuroscience, Cherie Cheshire, says staff are thrilled for Olivia and that they lauded the star as a champion of cancer research.

She said it was Olivia's vision to focus on evidence-based wellness programs, as well as clinical care and research, that helped patients cope with their diagnoses.

"They tell us of their ability to overcome huge clinical obstacles because, through the wellness programs, they are able to look after their whole person, their mind, their spirituality, the whole works," she said. 

More than 1000 people were recognised in the New Year Honours list for 2020, which recognises the achievements and service of extraordinary people across the UK.