Congratulations to the following staff from the School of Population and Global Health who have recently been recognised with awards for their contribution to the field of public health research and practice.
Professor Sandra Thompson was awarded the 2018 Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) Mentor of the Year Award for her contribution and dedication to mentoring and career development of future public health professionals.
This award is bestowed annually to a senior member of the PHAA who has made a significant contribution to mentoring early-career professionals, practitioners and students.
Professor Thompson is a proud advocate for public health and the Public Health Association of Australia specifically, and instils in her staff and those she mentors the value of service to the profession and its organisations.
Associate Professor Lisa Wood and Dr Karen Martin were awarded the 2018 Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australasia (CAPHIA) Award for Excellence and Innovation in Public Health Team Research. The judges made note of the impact of their research and the ability to build capacity of community organisations to undertake more routine and robust data collection, among other strengths.
Their research focuses on evaluating the impact of public health interventions which has resulted in a number of programs recently securing new or continued funding. One such program is the evaluation of homeless services at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne which has informed a sharpened hospital-wide response to homelessness, with many of the report’s recommendations and findings taken on board shortly after project completion.
CAPHIA is the peak body representing academic public health across Australia and New Zealand.
Associate Professor Lisa Wood and her research team (Home2Health Research Group), comprising Shannen Vallesi, Craig Cumming, Angela Gazey, Nick Wood and Nuala Chapple, recently won the PHAA WA Branch Policy and Research Translation Award for 2018.
Over the last two years, this team has led a growing program of research and evidence informed policy advocacy around homelessness and health. They have proactively generated timely evidence to advance homeless health work in WA. For example, when Homeless Healthcare’s Street Health outreach service funding ceased in mid-2017, the team instigated case studies and media advocacy, leading to a philanthropist offering $100,000 to continue the service. The team’s research was central to WA Health instigating a pilot homelessness intervention as part of its 2018 winter hospital demand reduction strategy.
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