Acclaim for researchers
29 July 2013
University of Newcastle researchers have won two awards at the National Preventative Health Awards presented at the National Preventive Health Symposium at Parliament House in Canberra.
The National Preventative Health Awards promote leadership in the area of preventive health, celebrating excellence in prevention and health promotion practice.
Finalists were chosen from more than 80 nominations from around the country and are made up of researchers, journalists, Medicare Locals, small, medium and large workplaces supporting prevention and better health across Australia.
Tomago Aluminium won a Healthy Workplace Award for Team Excellence in Workplace Health and Well-being – Large Workplace. Professor Philip Morgan's Workplace POWERTM team (Preventing Obesity without eating like rabbits) was the obesity prevention program behind the award.
The University of Newcastle also took out the Preventative Health Translational Research Award for the childhood obesity program Good for Kids Good for Life. The program was developed through a joint Hunter New England Population Health/University of Newcastle team led by Professor John Wiggers and Dr Luke Wolfenden.
HMRI Health Research Economist Professor Chris Doran was shortlisted in the same Translational Research Award category for his role in Alcohol Action in Rural Communities. The report was the largest and most rigorous evaluation of a community-action approach to reducing risky alcohol consumption.
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