2019 Premier's Awards for Health and Medical Research

Five of Victoria's most talented health and medical researchers in the early stages of their careers have been recognised for their pioneering breakthroughs that are improving care and changing lives.

Minister for Health, Jenny Mikakos MP presented the prestigious 2019 Premier's Awards for Health and Medical Research which is celebrating its 25th year.

The awards honour the outstanding work and discoveries of up-and-coming health and medical researchers in the early stages of their career.

The Premier's Awards include categories in the research areas of clinical, public health, basic science, health services and for the first time a category to recognise Aboriginal researchers.

Dr Kate McArthur, the winner of the Premier’s Excellence Award 2019, was recognised for her research at the University of Melbourne and Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research into ‘How dying cells hide from our immune system’. 

This research was recognised for her world-first discovery of how dying cells hide from our immune system and prevent an anti-viral response. 

This work will have real implications for the treatment of a range of diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. 

Also winning awards were Dr Mary Ann Anderson from the University of Melbourne and Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Dr Vincent Cornelisse from Monash University, Melbourne Sexual Health Centre and The Alfred Hospital, Dr Kylie Dyson from Monash University and Dr Mishel McMahon from La Trobe University.

Winner of the Excellence Award 2019 and Winner of the Basic Science Award

Dr Kate McArthur from the University of Melbourne and Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.

Clinical Researcher Award

Dr Mary Ann Anderson from the University of Melbourne and Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.

Public Health Researcher Award

Dr Vincent Cornelisse from Monash University, Melbourne Sexual Health Centre and The Alfred Hospital.

Health Services Researcher Award

Dr Kylie Dyson from Monash University.

Aboriginal Researcher Award

Dr Mishel McMahon from La Trobe University.

Shortlisted Entries

A total of 24 finalists were shortlisted for the award categories in the areas of clinical, public health, basic science, health services research and a category recognising an Aboriginal researcher in any category of health and medical research.

Find out more about each finalist's research project.

Please see the media release at the Premier of Victoria website.