Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Dr Genevieve Cowie Victorian finalist for the Gerry Murphy Prize

SPHPM’s Dr Genevieve Cowie recently competed as the Victorian Regional finalist for the prestigious Gerry Murphy Prize at the recent Population Health Congress in Hobart last month.

Dr Cowie’s presentation was entitled ‘An epidemic of energy - the case for stronger action on energy drinks’ and outlined health promotion policy options to these highly caffeinated sugar-sweetened beverages.

Dr Cowie’s research presentation on energy drinks was originally undertaken as part of her Department of Public Health placement at the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) with Dr Bruce Bolam.

Despite her excellent presentation, the level of competition from across the states and territories was impressive and the eventual winner was Dr Shannon Melody from Tasmania.

Dr Cowie is both a Doctor of Public Health student at SPHPM and Advanced Trainee with the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (AFPHM) of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP).

Her doctoral supervisors at SPHPM are Professor Robin Bell and Dr Robert Hall.
The Gerry Murphy Prize is the result of a generous bequest to AFPHM for the best oral presentation by an AFPHM Advanced Trainee on a public health topic.

This year the competition session was chaired by Monash University’s very own Dr Helen Kelsall, a Senior Research Fellow at the Department Epidemiology Preventive Medicine.

SPHPM warmly congratulates both Dr Cowie on her presentation and Dr Kelsall who was awarded the Australasian Epidemiological Association Mid-Career International Travel Award from Dr Linda Slack-Smith at the congress.

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