Alumni Medal for Professional Excellence

The Alumni Medal for Professional Excellence recognises outstanding excellence in leadership, knowledge and professional practice. The Alumni Medal for Professional Excellence is the highest honour of the University’s Alumni Excellence Awards.

Previous recipients include exceptional global leaders in international diplomacy, urban renewal, trade and commerce and life changing medical research.

Nominees must meet the following selection criteria

  • Hold a minimum undergraduate Bachelor degree from the University of Newcastle
  • Demonstrate substantial and significant professional contribution to the global community through the following:
    • Leadership, recognition and standing within their field or profession
    • Advancement of knowledge including research and development in the related knowledge context
    • Advancement of professional practice.

2020 Recipient
Professor Gail Garvey

Senior Principal Research Fellow, Menzies School of Health Research
Doctor of Philosophy 2015
Master of Education (Research) 2001
Bachelor of Education 1987

Professor Gail Garvey

Professor Gail Garvey is a proud Kamilaroi woman from NSW, whose strong leadership and collaborative approach has brought Indigenous consumers, researchers, and clinicians together to achieve common goals. Professor Garvey's leadership led to the first National Roundtable identifying research priorities in cancer for Indigenous Australians and the establishment of the National Indigenous Cancer Network.

She also instigated and convened the inaugural World Indigenous Cancer Conference in partnership with the International Agency for Research in Cancer (IARC), an intergovernmental agency forming part of the World Health Organization of the United Nations. Additionally, Professor Garvey has established an international collaborative research program with IARC on cancer and Indigenous people globally.

Since 2012, Professor Garvey has received research grant funding totalling over $30million, 42% as CIA including two NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence. Professor Garvey leads work in psychosocial aspects of cancer care for Indigenous Australians. She is also leading a program of work to understand and measure the relevant dimensions of wellbeing for Indigenous adults and adolescents.

Learn more about Professor Gail Garvey's story here.

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