The Lowitja Institute and the Cranlana Programme have partnered to offer this yearly award to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research leadership and excellence.
The award is a fully funded position in the Cranlana Programme’s Executive Colloquium. The Executive Colloquium is a unique development course for senior leaders from across the public, private and community sectors. The programme aims to develop complex decision-making and leadership capabilities through an intensive week-long examination of the foundational ideas that underpin contemporary society.
The award seeks to recognise Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander researchers who have made a significant contribution to their academic field. Award conditions stipulate that:
- the research is for the health and wellbeing benefit of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples
- the award recipient has made a significant contribution to capacity development and community strengthening by, for example,
(a) building on skills and abilities of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and community
supporting and/or mentoring other Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander researchers
- the work should be nationally and/or internationally recognised
- the award recipient has made a contribution to the development of Indigenous knowledges and research methodologies
- the scope of research disciplines is broad and could include, for example, basic science, medicine, epidemiology, public health, social health and community health.
The winner of the 2015 Lowitja Institute Research Leadership Award is Professor Sandra Eades, Domain Head of Aboriginal Health and Disadvantaged Communities at Baker IDIHeart & Diabetes Institute.
A Noongar woman from Mount Barker, WA, Professor Eades worked as a GP before starting her career in health research; she is the first Aboriginal medical doctor to be awarded a PhD. Professor Eades’ research focuses on major community and research priorities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, including maternal and child health, smoking in pregnancy, intergenerational health, and chronic disease. Professor Eades has a long history of encouraging, supporting and training of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers.
Professor Eades said, “It is a great honor for me and I am sincerely grateful for this inaugural Lowitja Institute Research Leadership Award. I am delighted to receive the award and the opportunity to participate in the Cranlana Programme in 2016.”
In announcing the award, Lowitja Institute CEO, Mr Romlie Mokak said, “Leadership by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will ensure that health research addresses the right questions and produces the evidence needed for effective policies and programs. The Lowitja Institute is committed to the growth of this leadership.”
Media release 26 November 2015