OUR 18th Health and Medical Research awards

Research Australia is pleased to confirm that the 2020 Annual Health and Medical Research Awards will be held on Thursday October 29 at the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney.

As the national peak body for health and medical research, these prestigious awards are our unique celebration of the outstanding efforts and achievements of individuals and teams who drive and support the opportunities that health and medical innovation bring to each and every one of our lives.

Please save the date in your diaries today.  Nominations will be open shortly so please watch this space for the 2020 categories and instructions.

This year, the winners and highly commended finalists were as follows:
Please click on the winners name or organisation to view their promotional video from the Awards Ceremony.

Peter Wills Medal


Professor Kathryn North AC FAHMS
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute of Medical Research

Great Australian Philanthropy Award


Mrs Pamela Galli
The Lorenzo and Pamela Galli Charitable Trust

Health Services Research Award Sponsored by the Victorian Government


Professor Libby Roughead
University of South Australia

Highly Commended Finalists

Professor Glenn Marshall AM FAHMS
Children’s Cancer Institute

Data Innovation Award Sponsored by Bupa Health Foundation


Professor John Lynch FAHMS
The University of Adelaide

Highly Commended Finalists

Lifespan Data Team, led by Mathew Phillips
Black Dog Institute

Griffith University Discovery Award


Dr Christine Keenan
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Highly Commended Finalists

Dr Alexandra Bannach-Brown
Bond University

GSK Award for Research Excellence


Professor Brendan Crabb AC FAHMS
Burnet Institute

Advocacy Award


Professor Gordon Lynch
The University of Melbourne

Highly Commended Finalists

Annabelle Wilson
Cure Brain Cancer Foundation

Duncan McPherson OAM
Australia New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group (ANZGOG)

Frontiers Research Award (NEW)


Associate Professor Jeremy Crook and Team
University of Wollongong Australia

Highly Commended Finalists

Dr Lisa Gillinder
Mater Medical Research Institute

Professor Sailesh Kumar
Mater Medical Research Institute


A most heartfelt thank you to all the people who nominated for the Awards this year.  This event would not be the success it is without the nominators and sponsors who make it such a unique celebration of our progress, innovation, leadership and philanthropy in health and medical research.

To view more photos from the 2019 Awards Ceremony please click here.

Other 2019 Health and Medical Research Award Finalists
(in alphabetical order)

Thank you to everyone who nominated such worthy contributors for this year’s Awards. The calibre of the nominations was truly remarkable.  We are delighted to announce the remaining finalists in three of the categories. 

Griffith University Discovery Award

Dr Berhan Ayele Haile
The Burnet Institute

Dr Lucia Romani
UNSW Sydney

Health Services Research Award

Professor Claire Jackson
University of Queensland

Professor Karin Thursky
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre & Royal Melbourne Hospital

Data Innovation Award

Associate Professor Adam Dunn
Macquarie University

Professor David Wilson
Burnet Institute

Sincere congratulations to the finalists for their valuable contribution to the health and medical research sector.

Thank you also to our sponsors, Victoria State Government, UNSW Sydney, Griffith University, GSK, Bupa Health Foundation, Monash University, Ingham Institute. For enquiries about sponsorship or attendance please contact Sally Shepherd on 02 9295 8545 or email sally.shepherd@researchaustalia.org







Last year’s celebrated highly commended and winners.

Great Australian Philanthropy Award
Winner: The Bill and Iris Burges Trust

Research Champion Award (Formerly the Advocacy Award)
Winner: Matthew Grounds – Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute/UBS
Highly Commended: Barrie Littlefield – Cure Brain Cancer Foundation 

Health Services Research Award
Winner: Professor Sue Kildea – Mater Research Institute – University of Queensland 
Highly Commended: Professor William Runciman – University of South Australia

Data Innovation Award
Winner: Dr Craig Dalton, Conjoint Associate Professor – University of Newcastle
Highly Commended: Professor Louisa Jorm – UNSW Sydney

Griffith University Discovery Award
Winner: Dr Sarah Best – The Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research 
Highly Commended: Dr Eric Chow – Monash University

Leadership in Corporate Giving Award
Winner: MACA Limited 
Highly Commended: Paspaley 

GSK Award for Excellence
Winner: Professor Georgina Long & Professor Richard Scolyer – The Melanoma Institute 

The Peter Wills Medal
Winner:  Laureate Professor Nicholas Talley AC – University of Newcastle 

You can see a full list of previous Award winners here.

To view and download photos from the 2018 awards, please click here.