Sidney Sax Public Health Medal
About the Award: The PHAA bestows this national award on a person who has provided a notable contribution to the protection and promotion of public health, solving public health problems, advancing community awareness of public health measures and advancing the ideals and practice of equity in the provision of health care. The nominee does not need to be a PHAA member.
Winner: Dr Tony Adams AM
Emerging Leader Award
About the Award: This awards is an opportunity for the PHAA and our members to recognise and acknowledge PHAA members, with up to ten (10) years’ public health experience in their careers, including early career professionals’ significant contribution to the PHAA. The award will identify an individual who demonstrates exceptional leadership through outstanding service to PHAA, Branches and/or Special Interest Groups (SIG’s). The award will recognise, acknowledge and reward the contributions, achievements and service in emerging PHAA leaders, representing a fundamental investment in building a stronger leadership culture within the PHAA.
Award Winner: Ms Hannah Pierce
Tony McMichael Public Health Ecology and Environment Award
About the Award: Eligibility for nomination is open to a person (not just PHAA members) who has made a significant, discernible contribution in the combined domains of public health and ecology or environmental health, which is consistent with and has contributed to fulfilling the aims of the PHAA and the Environment and Ecology Special Interest Group.
Award Winner: Dr Liz Hanna
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Public Health Award
About the Award: The PHAA bestows this competitive award on a person who has provided a notable contribution to the promotion of public health to benefit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, solving public health problems, advancing community awareness of public health measures and advancing the ideals and practice of equity in the provision of Indigenous health care.
Award Winner: Dr Mark Wenitong
Student Think Tank Competition
About the Award: The National Public Health Student Think Tank Competition is a chance for students to showcase their innovation and enthusiasm for the field of public health. The prompt is broad, allowing students to address a need of their choosing, and encouraging them to be innovative in their response. We are looking for creative, original ideas which demonstrate the student’s future mindedness in the field of public health.
Competition Winner: Miss Jessica Graham
About the Awards: The abstract presentation awards have been created to highlight the great work presented at the Australian Public Health Conference and recognise the contribution presenters have to the program and public health sector. Abstracts submitted for the Australian Public Health Conference 2020 have been reviewed against the award criteria and five (5) abstracts from each criteria were shortlisted as finalist in the abstract presentation awards.
Category: Public Health Research Award
Winner: Associate Professor Natalie Taylor, Cancer Council NSW
Presentation: The psychosocial impact of COVID-19 on cancer communities and cancer care delivery
Category: Advocacy & Leadership Award
Winner: Professor Sotiris Vardoulakis, Australian National University
Presentation: Bushfire smoke – public health communication during the Black Summer and beyond
Category: Capacity Building Award
Winner: Dr Kate Mcbride, Western Sydney University
Presentation: A pilot COVID-19 case investigation training module, a collaboration supporting disease containment
Category: Early Career/Young Professional Award
Winner: Dr Lauren Arundell, Deakin University, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN)
Presentation: Australian’s physical activity during COVID-19: changes in guideline adherence and active recreation.
Category: First Time Presenter Award
Winner: Ms Claudia Gascoyne, Cancer Council Victoria
Presentation: COVID-19 impact on diet & physical activity to inform healthy lifestyle campaign
Category: Best e-Poster Award
Winner: Keeley Allen, Australian National University
E-Poster: The early epidemiological parameters of COVID-19; What did we known when?
Congratulations to all award winners!