As part of our commitment to building the capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the Lowitja Institute held two national competitive awards in the lead-up to Congress Lowitja 2012. These awards are focused on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers and students whose area of interest is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. Successful recipients of the awards received $5,000 towards their professional development, registration at Congress Lowitja, and a trophy. Applications were assessed for demonstrated excellence in research and knowledge exchange.
Lowitja Institute Chair Pat Anderson flanked by Congress Lowitja 2012 Award winners Chelsea Bond and Ray Lovett [Photograph by James Henry]
Emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researcher award
For researchers who have not yet become fully independent leading a competitive grant, but demonstrate an interest in moving towards a lead role in research and have experience working within a research team.
Winner: Chelsea Bond
Current role: Research and Teaching Manager, Inala Indigenous Health Service, Queensland.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student award
For students currently enrolled or submitting up to 30 June 2012 in a Masters by Research, PhD or a Professional Doctorate within an Australian university.
Winner: Raymond Lovett
Current thesis: Epidemiology of alcohol and tobacco use in urban Indigenous populations. Acculturation in Indigenous AOD use, Australian National University, Canberra.
For more information about the award winners and presentations, go to Award winners shine at Congress dinner, Wangka Pulka, December 2012.