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Awards

The Lowitja Institute celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership throughout our work and recognises outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers with several awards.

In 2019 we offered six awards, with recipients being announced at the Lowitja Institute International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference in Darwin on 18–20 June 2019. 

The Lowitja Institute Research Leadership Award celebrates excellence in research leadership by an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander researcher who has made a significant contribution to the health and wellbeing of Australia’s First Peoples. Past winners include Assoc. Professor Ray Lovett (2018), Professor Gail Garvey (2016) and Professor Sandra Eades (2015). The 2019 winner is Associate Professor Catherine Chamberlain.

The Lowitja Institute Emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Researcher Award recognises excellence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers at the mid-career level. Past recipients include Assoc. Professor Roxanne Bainbridge (2016), Dr Simon Graham (2014) and Dr Chelsea Bond (2012). The 2019 winner is Dr Kalinda Griffith.

The Lowitja Institute Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Award recognises excellence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers undertaking either Masters or PhD study. In the past we have awarded Dr Lisa Whop (2016), Dr Stewart Sutherland (2014) and Assoc. Professor Ray Lovett (2012). The 2019 winner is Dr Michelle Bovill.

The Tarrn doon nonin Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research Project Ethics Award recognises and upholds respectful ethical practice in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. Previous winners include Mr John Singer, Dr Rosie King and Ms Janet Stajic for their work at the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia. The 2019 winner is Ŋuthanmaram djamarrkuḻiny’ märrma’kurr romgurr: Growing up children in two worlds

The Lowitja Institute Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as nominated by the Lowitja Institute Board of Directors. The inaugural award was given posthumously in 2016 to Mr Tiga Bayles. The 2019 winner is Professor Yvonne Cadet-James.

The Lowitja Institute Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander CRC award is unique award identified in 2019 by the Lowitja Institute Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) to recognise a researcher whose work over his or her career has made a significant contribution to the health and wellbeing of the researcher’s community. The award went go Associate Professor Elaine Läwurrpa Maypilama.