Thursday, 22 June 2017

Excellence Awards showcase the ways we improve healthcare




SPHPM’s high-quality and diverse spread of research was on show at the School’s annual Excellence Awards earlier this month. The ceremony was held in the newly opened Conference Rooms at 553 St Kilda Road and was opened by ABC Melbourne’s Jon Faine, who spoke about the need for scientists to share their passion and discoveries with media and the community.

The awards recognise researchers who have designed and delivered outstanding projects across all career stages. Professors Susan Davis, Danny Liew, Sally Green and Liz Douglas co-hosted the awards, which were presented to winners by Head of School Professor John McNeil.

Awards named in honour of the late Professors Henry Krum and Damien Jolley were particularly poignant, as both oftheir families attended the ceremony.

Congratulations to all our winners!

Early Career Research Best Paper
Dr Matt Page for his paper in PLOS Medicine: Epidemiology and Reporting Characteristics of Systematic Reviews of Biomedical Research: A Cross-Sectional Study

Mid-Career Research Best Paper
Associate Professor Anna Barker for her paper in BMJ on falls prevention in hospitals: 6-PACK programme to decrease fall injuries in acute hospitals: cluster randomised controlled trial.

Early Career Research Excellence
Dr Ben Beck for his work in developing the Australian and New Zealand out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) epistry.

Henry Krum Award for Mid-Career Research Excellence
Associate Professor Carol Hodgson for her varied work focussing on long-term outcomes of patients in intensive care

Teaching Excellence 
Dr Baki Billah for Biostatistics

Tutoring Excellence
Dhanya Kumar for Health Knowledge and Society

Research and Teaching Support Excellence
Tania Richter for her project management and research administration work

Top Students: 

  • Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) - Danielle Berkovic
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (Honours) - Emily Robertson
  • Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Honours) - Lachlan Evans

Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Supervision Excellence
Professor Belinda Gabbe, Head of the Pre-Hospital, Emergency and Trauma Research Unit. Nominated by students Tu Nguyen, Jason Watterson & Cameron Palmer 

HDR Best Paper
Dr Katherine Gibney for her paper in Lancet Infectious Diseases - Sociodemographic and geographical inequalities in notifiable infectious diseases in Australia: a retrospective analysis of 21 years of national disease surveillance data.

HDR Thesis Excellence


Damien Jolley Award for Statistical / Modelling Excellence in a Doctoral or Master's Thesis
Dr StellaMay Gwini for her thesis Longitudinal examination of multiple symptom reporting in Australian veterans of the 1990-1991 Gulf War

Dr Ingrid Hopper was also presented with her Mollie Holman Medal. Dr Chris Morrison was a fellow winner of the Mollie Holman Medal and will collect his medal later in the year. 

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