19th Annual Health and Medical Research Awards

As the national peak body for health and medical research, these prestigious awards are our recognition 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.

Acknowledging talent and excellence in our sector is not only a key part of Research Australia’s role in advocacy for health and medical research, it is also paramount to encouraging future generations of great researchers.

This year’s winners are:

Winners 2022

A big congratulations to all Award winners and highly-commended finalists for their truly amazing efforts and achievements in health and medical research.

Health Services Research Award Sponsored by the Victorian Government, The Department of Jobs, Precincts & Regions

Winner:  Professor Johanna Westbrook, Macquarie University

Highly commended: Professor Elizabeth Manias, Deakin University and Professor Sarah Larkins, James Cook University

Data Innovation Award 

Winner: The AusVaxSafety Team, National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance

Highly commended: Associate Professor Matthew Ritchie, Walter & Eliza Hall Institute and Professor Shlomo Berkovsky, Australian Institute of Health Innovation

Frontiers Research Award Sponsored by ANU

Winner: Scientia Professor Justin Gooding, Australian Centre for NanoMedicine UNSW

Highly commended: Professor Alicia Oshlack, University of Melbourne and Professor Arthur Brandwood, Ellen Medical Devices

Griffith University Discovery Award

Winner: Dr Caleb Dawson, Walter & Eliza Hall Institute

Highly commended: Dr Deborah Burnett, Garvan Institute of Medical Research and Dr Rachel Nelligan, University of Melbourne

Advocacy Award

Winner: ghd

Highly commended: Mr Sean Murray, MITO Foundation and Ms Bronwyn Le Grice, ANDHealth and Group award for Guun-maana (Heal) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Program, The George Institute

Great Australian Philanthropy Award

Winner: Mr & Mrs Roy & Nola Thompson

Highly commended: Stan Perron Charitable Foundation and Gretel and Gordon Bootes Medical Research & Education Foundation

GSK Award for Research Excellence

2022 Winner: Professor Georgia Chenevix-Trench, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

The Peter Wills Medal

Winner: Professor Ian Alexander, Sydney Children’s Hospital Network

Thank you to our 2022 Awards Sponsors for partnering with us to deliver a wonderful awards program in recognition of our incredible health and medical research sector.

Again, a huge thank you goes out to our Premium Event Partner The University of Melbourne and our award sponsors VIC Government (DJPR), GSK, Digital Health CRC, Griffith University, ANU and AbbVie.



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