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, The Hon. Jill Hennessy MP presented the prestigious 2018 Premier's Awards for Health and Medical Research that are now in their 24th 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 expanded to include categories in the areas of basic science, clinical, public health and health services research.

Ms Kerryn Moore, the winner of the Excellence Award 2018, was recognised for her research at the University of Melbourne, Burnet Institute and the Shoklo Malaria Research Unit into the impact of malaria in pregnancy on birth outcomes in Asia.

This research is making a real difference across the globe having influenced World Health Organisation guidelines on the treatment of first-trimester malaria and the control and prevention of malaria in pregnancy in Asia.

Also winning awards were Dr Hui-Fern Koay from the University of Melbourne and Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, Dr Tan Nguyen from the University of Melbourne and Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Dr Benjamin Teh from the University of Melbourne and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Dr Gabrielle Haeusler from Sir Peter MacCallum Department of Oncology and the University of Melbourne.

Winner of the Excellence Award 2018 and
Winner of the Public Health Award

Ms Kerryn Moore from the University of Melbourne, Burnet Institute and the Shoklo Malaria Research Unit

Basic Science Researcher Award

Dr Hui-Fern Koay from the University of Melbourne and Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity
Dr Tan Nguyen from the University of Melbourne and Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Clinical Researcher Award

Dr Benjamin Teh from the University of Melbourne and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Health Services Researcher Award

Dr Gabrielle Haeusler from Sir Peter MacCallum Department of Oncology and the University of Melbourne

Shortlisted Entries

A total of 17 finalists were shortlisted for the award categories in the areas of basic science, clinical, public health and health services research.

Find out more about each finalist's research project.

About the awards

The Awards are a joint initiative of the Victorian Government and the Australian Society for Medical Research.

The Healthier Lives, Stronger Economy: Victoria's Health and Medical Research Strategy 2016-2020 outlines our key priorities over four years to support new and evolving fields of world class medical research.

The strategy has delivered an additional $20 million to ensure Victoria stays a world leader in ground-breaking health and medical research.

The Victorian Premier's Awards for Health and Medical Research launched in 1995 and is a joint initiative of the Victorian Government and the Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR).