Three IHT researchers named finalists in 20th anniversary Research Australia Awards

IHT congratulates Honorary Professor Hanny Calache, Dr Hannah Pitt and Dr Sean Randall and the LinXmart team, who have been named amongst the finalists in the 2023 Research Australia Health and Medical Research Awards for their innovative work in clinical dentistry, reducing gambling harm and record linkage. The prestigious awards recognise the outstanding efforts and achievements of individuals and teams who drive and support the opportunities that health and medical innovation bring to our lives. The Research Australia Award winners will be announced at a gala dinner on 2 November 2023.

(Pictured are 2023 Victorian Tall Poppy of the Year Assoc. Prof. Delyse Hutchinson, and her fellow Deakin Tall Poppies Dr Michalis Hadjikakou, Dr Vicki Brown and Assoc. Prof. Rachel Laws)

Rising Above: Dr Vicki Brown received a Victorian Young Tall Poppy Award

Dr Vicki Brown was one of four Deakin University early career researchers officially recognised in the 2023 Victorian Young Tall Poppy Science Awards Ceremony earlier this month, for her innovative work in health economics.

The annual Tall Poppy awards are run by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science (AIPS) to honour up-and-coming scientists who combine world-class research with a passionate commitment to communicating science. Recipients are tasked with promoting interest in science among students in all stages of learning, teachers and peers. They also provide understanding and an appreciation of science in the broader community.

Dr Brown is one of very few health economists worldwide providing evidence to decision-makers and government on which obesity prevention interventions are most cost-effective.

Congratulations to:

  • Assoc Professor Lemai Nguyen for being awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Awards 2023 in the category of Education and Employability – Deakin University Award for Teaching Excellence – Building Futures Together Co-creation Strategies for Student Employability
  • Jennifer Halliday for being awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Awards 2023 in the category of a Rising Star Award.
  • Dr Jaithri Ananthapavan for being awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Awards 2023 in the category of Research and Innovation –Vice-Chancellor’s Early Career Researcher Award for Career Excellence. Read more about her work here.
  • Serene Yoong speaking at the Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH) Australia course. Five Deakin staff including some of our very own IHT members made their way to Newcastle to attend the TIDIRH Australia course this week. TIDIRH is a training course in implementation science run by the National Centre of Implementation Science (NCOIS), developed in collaboration with the successful U.S based TIDIRH.Attendees were able to hear from IHT member Serene Yoong, as well as leading Australian implementation scientists (Luke Wolfendon) and international leaders such as Byron Powell and Rachel Shelton. A great week of learning was had by all, and the event enabled many networking opportunities for all involved.(Pictured are Anna Urbanowicz, Paul Jansons, Renee Fiolet, Serene Yoong and Kristy Bolton)
  • Dr Renee Fiolet for successfully being awarded an Alive National Seed Funding grant.
  • Rebecca Bennett for being awarded the Best ECR Oral Presentation Award at the Australian & New Zealand Obesity Society (ANZOS) Annual Scientific Meeting held on 18-20 October 2023 in Adelaide.
  • Congratulations to the following successful HAtCH applicants:
    – Dr Ha Le on receiving a Deakin Health Research Capacity Building Grant Scheme (HAtCH) to be able to conduct your important research into the cost and wait-time of private ADHD health services.
    – Ella Robinson and Dr Ben Wood on receiving a Deakin Health Research Capacity Building Grant Scheme (HAtCH) to conduct your important analysis of nutrition-related investment in the Australian food industry. The title of their study is ‘Landscape analysis of influential investors in the Australian food industry.’
    Dr Eva Yuen – Overcoming communication challenges for carers of people with cancer
    – Kerri Coomber (School of Psychology) SEED/CONNECT, Dr. Florentine Martino and Dr. Adyya Gupta (School of Health and Social Development, IHT) as chief investigators have received a Faculty HAtCH Grant for 2024 to study the ‘ Impact of alcohol home delivery on Australian risky drinkers’. The project includes two collaborators from Cancer Council, WA and two champions – Professor Peter Miller (School of Psychology) SEED/CONNECT and Professor Kathryn Backholer (School of Health and Social Development, IHT).

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