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We are currently accepting applications for the 2016 SMHR Annual Awards!

In 2016, all nominations for all awards should be completed using the relevant application form, and sent to: 

Dr. Frances Kay-Lambkin (Secretary SMHR, [email protected]),

by 5PM AEDT, 24th October 2016.


The SMHR Founders Medal

This award was named in honour of the four founders of SMHR: Professors Scott Henderson, Issy Pilowsky, Graham Burrows and Peter Beaumont. The medal is awarded to persons who, over their entire careers, have made a contribution of significance to psychiatric research.

Award: Plaque and medal. The award winner will deliver a presentation at the 2016 Annual Conference in Sydney, 7-9 December. Conference registration fees are covered by the award. 

Eligibility: The nominee will be a financial member of SMHR at the time of nomination. Persons on the SMHR Executive Committee are not eligible for this award.

Click here to download the application form for the SMHR Founders Medal for 2016.

The SMHR Oration Award

This Oration is given at each conference by a member of SMHR who is prominent or rising to prominence in the Australian and New Zealand psychiatric research community.

Award: The award includes a certificate, $3,000 towards the awardee’s research and conference expenses paid (travel, accommodation and registration) to the value of $2,000. The award winner will deliver an oration at the 2016 Conference.

Eligibility: The recipient will be a financial member of SMHR at the time of nomination. Persons who have received a previous Oration award are not eligible. Persons on the SMHR Executive are not eligible for this award.

Click here to download the application form for the SMHR Oration Award for 2016.


The SMHR Rising Star Award

(previously Lundbeck, Merck Sharpe and Dohme / SMHR Schering-Plough Award)

The SMHR Rising Star Award is intended for SMHR researchers whose work is beginning to make a significant impact on the national and international scene, reflecting either scientific excellence or public impact (or both) - the "rising stars" in mental health research.

Award: A certificate and $1000.

Eligibility: The applicant will be a financial member of SMHR at the time of application. Persons who have received a Lundbeck Institute, Merck Sharpe or Dohme or Schering-Plough awards from SMHR/ASPR previously are not eligible. Applicants are eligible if they are at least 2 years and less than 7 years (as at 31st March 2016) from the date of the letter advising that their doctoral thesis was passed, unless career disruptions exist. Career disruptions need to be justified.  Persons on the SMHR Executive are not eligible for this award.

Click here to download the application form for the SMHR Rising Star Award for 2016.


The SMHR Early Career Scholar Award

(previously AFFIRM Early Career Research Scholar Award)

Award: The award includes a certificate and 2016 SMHR Conference registration fees.

Eligibility: The nominee will be a financial member of SMHR at the time of nomination. Persons on the SMHR Executive are not eligible for this award while still a member of the Executive. Nominees must be at an early stage of their research career and no more than 2 years (as at 31st March 2016) from the date of the letter advising that their doctoral thesis was passed.

Click here to download the application form for the SMHR Early Career Scholar Award for 2016.



The Australian Rotary Health Knowledge Dissemination Award

SMHR has a number of awards acknowledging excellence in research. However, there is often a gap between knowledge gained through research and the dissemination of that knowledge to clinicians, consumers and carers, and its implementation into policy and practice. Australian Rotary Health (ARH) has therefore established an annual award to recognise excellence in knowledge dissemination and research translation.

Award: The award consists of a framed certificate and the expenses of attending the 2016 SMHR conference. The expenses are for a total amount not exceeding $3,000 and include: registration at SMHR Conference for that year, for two nights’ accommodation at the SMHR Conference and air travel.

The winner will be expected to attend the 2016 SMHR conference, to present for 25 minutes at that same Conference and to be available to Rotary for no less than three speaking engagements over the ensuing 12 months. (Note that if these future speaking engagements are not held in the town or city where the successful applicant lives, then the Australian Rotary Health will cover the cost of airfare and accommodation).

Eligibility: The award is open to all researchers, clinicians, consumers and organisations who seek to advance the availability of evidence- based interventions for those who are experiencing mental illness in the Australian community. The prize is open to individuals and organisations. They may be consumers, carers, researchers, or organisations involving these groups. The winner will not need to be an SMHR member.

Selection Criteria: The prize is for the most outstanding effort to disseminate knowledge about evidence-based interventions in mental health. The entry should describe the activity, the target audience, and the evidence base for the research/knowledge which is being promoted. It should also describe the impact that their activity has had and how this was measured.

Click here to download the application form for the ARH Knowledge Dissemination Award for 2016.



The SMHR 2016 Conference Travel Grants-in-Aid

SMHR funds grants-in-aid for students and early career researchers to facilitate attendance at the 2016 SMHR Conference.

Award: Up to 5 Grants-in-Aid (valued at $1,000 each) are available for students and early career researchers whose home address is more than 100kms from the University of Sydney, to facilitate attendance at the 2016 SMHR conference. A further 4 Grants-in-Aid (valued at $500 each) are available for students and early career researchers whose home address is less than 100kms from the University of Sydney.

Eligibility: The applicant will be a financial member of SMHR at the time of application and have an annual income of under $50,000. Persons who have received a Grant-in-Aid previously are not eligible. This award is for bona fide travel requirements and persons who have or will receive funding for conference-related expenses from their departments, other than top-up funding where necessary, are not eligible.

Process: Students and early career researchers who wish to be considered for a Grant-in-Aid should submit an Grant-in-Aid application form indicating that they meet the eligibility criteria with regards to SMHR membership and income level, that they have not previously received a Grant-in-Aid, and that they will not use the scholarship to cover expenses to be met by their department. The selection of successful awardees will be made by the local organising committee, who will inform successful recipients prior to the conference. Payment can only be made against receipts for bonafide travel, accommodation and out-of-pocket expenses incurred attending the SMHR conferences.

It is expected that recipients of this award attend the award presentation session at the 2016 SMHR Conference, time to be confirmed.

Click here to download the application form for the 2016 SMHR Conference Travel Grants-in-Aid.


The following awards will be judged and announced during the 2016 Annual SMHR conference:

Best debut presentation.

Best debut poster.

Best overall presentation.

Best overall poster.

SMHR-Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW Research Trust Fund Consumer-Research Poster Award.

SMHR Consumer-Research Poster Award.



All queries related to the SMHR 2016 Annual Awards can be directed to Frances Kay-Lambkin ([email protected])


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