National public health awards for UQ researchers – UQ News
Three College of Queensland researchers have been recognised for his or her substantial contributions to the well being and wellbeing of Australians on the Public Well being Affiliation of Australia (PHAA) awards.
UQ’s Professional-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) Professor Bronwyn Fredericks, immunologist Professor Ian Frazer and well being providers researcher Dr Danette Langbecker acquired awards on the annual PHAA convention in Adelaide.
The inaugural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Well being Award has been bestowed on Professor Fredericks for her work in Indigenous well being.
Professor Fredericks mentioned she was honoured to be the inaugural recipient and devoted the award to the communities she had labored with who wished higher well being.
“The best beneficial properties and outcomes in Indigenous public well being come from approaches the place Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons are empowered and are companions and leaders in options and actions,” Professor Fredericks mentioned.
“I name upon and encourage these engaged in public well being to make use of such approaches.”
Cervical most cancers vaccine co-inventor Professor Ian Frazer was introduced with the 50th Anniversary Public Well being Achievement Lifetime award, for members who’ve given exemplary service to the affiliation for greater than a decade.
Professor Frazer’s pioneering work with the late Professor Jian Zhou created the expertise behind the human papillomavirus vaccine, a essential step within the ongoing battle to eradicate cervical most cancers.
“I by no means actually noticed myself as a public well being researcher or clinician,” Professor Frazer mentioned.
“Nevertheless, Professor Zhou and I noticed that what we have been making an attempt to realize in working to make a vaccine for HPV would have potential influence on public well being throughout the planet.
“I’m thrilled that the World Well being Organisation has now taken on the problem of delivering this vaccine globally.”
UQ Adjunct Fellow and well being providers researcher Dr Danette Langbecker has additionally been honoured at this 12 months’s PHAA convention – profitable the Mentor of the Yr award for being a champion for college students and early profession professionals.
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