…an outcome from the SA Science Excellence Awards 2009.
The HDA Convenors presented two HDA Leadership Awards in 2010 to A/Professor Pat Buckley and A/Professor Claire Roberts for their significant and steadfast contributions to HDA and to also being great advocates of HDA to the research community. They were presented with a plaque and awarded $2,000 each at the 6th annual HDA Oration on 7 July 2010 to be used towards their research endeavours and/or performance development.
A/Professor Pat Buckley
Dean: Research and Research Education, Division of Health Sciences, UniSA.
Pat has made valued contributions to HDA as Chair of the Research Training Program Working Group since its inception and continued support within HDA. The Research Training Program has been a great success in HDA’s program around specific career development and translational research events but also the overview and running of the HDA Scholars program (1st cohort in 2006 of 4 Scholars and 2nd cohort in 2009 of 7 Scholars). This also includes the overview of the Scholars mentoring and practicum placement components. This program meets one of HDA’s objectives in facilitating a multidisciplinary research training program in healthy development across the state.
“I am delighted to accept this award - I’ve certainly seen HDA become a significant and meaningful research cluster since it started up, and I’ve very much enjoyed playing a role in that”
A/Professor Claire Roberts
Senior Research Fellow, The Robinson Institute, University of Adelaide
Claire has made valued contributions to HDA as Chair of the Research Synergies Working Group for a number of years and continued support within HDA. The Thematic Evenings have been a great success in HDA’s event program in their topics and multidisciplinary speaker diversity across institutions. These events directly meet one of HDA’s objectives in developing effective communication and multidisciplinary interactions to inform and define research directions in developmental health research among all relevant institutions and individuals in South Australia.
“I feel very honoured to have this bestowed upon me. I think that HDA is a fantastic organisation and I greatly value its cross disciplinary and cross institutional nature and the way in which it brings together such a broad range of researchers, government and community stakeholders in this highly important field of Development”.