SMHR award winners 2015
Awarded at the 37th Annual SMHR Conference, Brisbane, Qld
Professor Michael Berk
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.
Professor Maree Teesson
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.
Dr Philip Batterham
SMHR Rising Star 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.
SMHR Early Career Scholar Award
This award is for a researcher early in their career to enable attendance at the 2015 SMHR Conference.
SMHR Consumer-Researcher Award
The SMHR Consumer-Researcher Award has been set up to encourage the involvement of consumers as investigators in psychiatric research as well as to encourage consumer-oriented research. Posters are judged by a representative of the SMHR-nominated Consumer Organisation based on the following criteria:
1. The relevance of the research presented for mental health consumers
2. The clarity of presentation
SMHR-Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW Research Trust Fund Consumer-Researcher Award
A certificate and award of $500 will be presented at the Annual Conference. The conditions of this award are the same as the conditions of the SMHR Consumer-Researcher Award. This award is offered to the second place getter.
Bethany Jones & Bridianne O'Dea
SMHR funds grants-in-aid via 2015 Mental Health Conference Funding to encourage the involvement of consumers as investigators in psychiatric research in the 2015 SMHR Conference.
Professor Eoin Killackey
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 has therefore established an annual award to recognise excellence in knowledge dissemination and research translation.
Not awarded in 2015
Depression & Anxiety Consumer Research Unit (CRU) Medal
The CRU Medal has been established to promote and recognise the contribution of consumer researchers to field of depression and anxiety disorders.
Best Presentation Awards
Best debut presentation
"In search of an active solution for alcohol-related dementia"
Best overall presentation
"Mental health and substance use prevention in schools: The Climate Schools Combined Study"
Best Poster Awards
Best Debut Poster
"Epigenetic and gene-expression changes in immune candidates following two months of yoga practice: A pilot study"
Best Overall Poster
"Rising out-of-pocket costs disrupt utilisation of atypical antipsychotics for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder: A whole population cohort study"
SMHR funds grants-in-aid for students and early career researchers to facilitate attendance at the 2015 SMHR Conference.