OUR 17th Health and Medical Research awards

Nominations for the Health and Medical Research Awards for 2019 are now open. 

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.

This year the award categories are as follows:

  1.     Peter Wills Medal
  2.     Great Australian Philanthropy Award
  3.     Health Services Research Award
  4.     Data Innovation Award
  5.     Griffith University Discovery Award
  6.     Advocacy Award
  7.     Frontiers Research Award (NEW)

In light of the work Research Australia has done to establish the Frontier Health and Medical Research program through the Medical Research Future Fund we are delighted to introduce this new award.  We’re excited to encourage nominations for the research that will change the world. 

This is an opportunity for Australia to signal its intention to lead in an area we know is a gamechanger on how we approach heath outcomes in and beyond our lifetimes.  Our Frontiers edition of INSPIRE Issue 10 features some of the amazing researchers from our membership – please nominate your colleagues today to honour their dedication and innovation.

Nominations are open until COB Friday July 5, 2019 so please submit as soon as possible.  You are welcome to nominate anybody from any organisation across Australia however the primary nominators must be from a member organisation of Research Australia. 

Whilst Research Australia hosts these awards to showcase the amazing research and leaders in the sector, it is also one of our core roles to connect all stakeholders from across the health and medical research pipeline. This includes those starting their journey in research, and so we encourage you to nominate students and mid-career researchers to support the leading lights of the future.

To preview the detailed category descriptions and criteria questions please click here.

Please click here to nominate today.  There are only 4 questions to answer so please help us acknowledge the incredible contributions to the sector in research, philanthropy, leadership and innovation.

The 2019 Research Australia Awards will be held in Melbourne on Thursday November 14.

For Frequently Asked Questions please click here

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 

Sincere thanks to everyone who nominated last year and to our wonderful sponsors. 



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

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