OUR 18th Health and Medical Research awards

Research Australia is pleased to confirm that the 2020 Annual Health and Medical Research Awards will be moved to late 2021 due to the impact of COVID-19 on travel and social distancing.  It will still be held in Sydney at the Four Seasons Hotel.  The new date is Thursday December 9.  

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.

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.

The Awards are nominated by Research Australia’s Members and decided by the Research Australia Awards Subcommittee and Board of Directors.  The finalists will be announced in July 2021.  All nominations will be promoted in the lead up to this important announcement and we thank all the nominators who supported the Awards this year.

Award categories for 2020:

    • Frontiers Award Sponsored by ANU
    • Griffith University Discovery Award
    • Peter Wills Medal
    • Advocacy Award
    • Philanthropy Award
    • Data Innovation Award Sponsored by Bupa Health Foundation
    • Health Services Research Award Sponsored by the NSW Government
    • GSK Award for Research Excellence

Nominations closed on August 21.

Please send any queries to awards@researchaustralia.org

Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors for these Awards.  We look forward to partnering with you to delivery yet another incredible program thanks to your generous support.

2019 Awards

Last 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.

For enquiries about sponsorship or attendance please contact Sally Shepherd on 02 9295 8545 or email sally.shepherd@researchaustalia.org

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