AMA honours NDRI academics
On Saturday June 25 2016, the Australian Medical Association (AMA) recognised Associate Professor Ted Wilkes’, National Drug Research Institute (NDRI), distinguished work in the area of Indigenous health.
Associate Professor Wilkes was honoured with the President’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Health and Wellbeing of West Australians at a gala dinner at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. The award recognizes a non-clinician, who has made a significant contribution to health in Western Australia.
Associate Professor Wilkes has collaborated with the AMA (WA) over many years to improve health outcomes for Indigenous Australians, producing the landmark publication A Medical Practitioner’s Guide to Aboriginal Health in 1998, a resource that is still considered vital by any doctor who has interactions with indigenous communities across the country.
Associate Professor Wilkes is a member of the Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drugs and was previously a member of the Australian National Council on Drugs, and Chair of the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee. Associate Professor Wilkes is a leader of the Aboriginal Research Program at NDRI, and plays an active role in capacity building and research.
Associate Professor Diana Egerton-Warburton received the 2016 AMA Woman in Medicine Award in recognition of her exceptional contribution to the development of emergency medicine and her passion for public health.
AMA President Professor Brian Owler said Associate Professor Egerton-Warburton was a very worthy award recipient.
“Associate Professor Egerton-Warburton is a renowned advocate for patients, the community and emergency medicine,” Professor Owler said.
“Her passion and commitment to emergency medicine research and her public health goals are reflected in her wide ranging contributions to health awareness, health policy and healthcare delivery.”
Associate Professor John Boffa shared the 2016 Excellence in Healthcare Award with Donna Ah Chee. The pair, from Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, have made an enormous contribution to reducing harms from alcohol and improving early childhood outcomes for Aboriginal children.
AMA President Professor Brian Owler said that Associate Professor Boffa and Ms Ah Chee had made a significant contribution to the health of Aboriginal people through their involvement with primary care, research, education and public health.
Associate Professor Boffa has worked in Aboriginal primary care services for more than 25 years and is the Chief Medical Officer of Public Health at the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress. Ms Ah Chee is Congress CEO.
“This award recognises and acknowledges Professor Boffa and Ms Ah Chee’s unwavering efforts to achieve the best possible health outcomes for Aboriginal people,” Professor Owler said.
“For almost two decades, they have formed a crucial partnership, working together to implement core services and reform Aboriginal primary health care in the Northern Territory.”