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Dr Phiala Shanahan
South Australia Woman of the Year 2023 winner and recipient of the James McWha Rising Star Award 2022, Professor Phiala Shanahan has made a significant contribution to physics, as the youngest Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) at the age of 27. She has become a leader in theoretical physics and is a passionate educator.
Professor John McNeil AO
Recipient of Distinguished Alumni Award 2022, Professor John McNeil AO is a tenured public health researcher specialising in epidemiology and clinical pharmacology. His contributions to medical research have changed how we think about chronic disease, preventative health and healthcare quality.
David Reynolds PSM
Recipient of Distinguished Alumni Award 2022, David Reynolds PSM has dedicated his career to South Australia’s prosperity and wellbeing. For the Chief Executive of the Department for Trade and Investment, it is a line of work underpinned by a sense of community.
Professor Nicola Spurrier PSM
Recipient of Distinguished Alumni Award 2022, Professor Nicola Spurrier PSM, is a staunch advocate for preventing illness and promoting health across the whole of community. A dual qualified medical specialist, public health physician and paediatrician, Professor Spurrier was instrumental in South Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic as the state’s Chief Public Health Officer.
Dr Angela Alder-Price
Recipient of the James McWha Rising Star Award 2022, Dr Angela Alder-Price is an orthopaedic researcher, senior lecturer and the only female upper-limb surgeon in South Australia. Her dual pursuit of surgery and science is driven by a passion for improving patient outcomes.
Recipient of the Tirkapena Indigenous Award 2022, Tiahni Adamson, a Torres Strait Islander woman descended from the Kauareg Nations of Thursday Island, is a passionate wildlife conservation biologist. Ms Adamson is focused on sustainable aquaculture production as the Lead Community Engagement Officer at CH4Global.
Dr Roshanak Amrein
Adelaide dental surgeon and University of Adelaide alumna, Dr Roshanak Amrein arrived in Australia from Iran in 1994 with only limited English. The Baha'i community was among the most severely persecuted religious minorities in Iran. She learned English, restudied year 12 and applied to the University of Adelaide Bachelor of Dental Surgery program.
Dr Mercy Mwangangi
Recipient of the Distinguished International Alumni Award 2022, Dr Mercy Mwangangi is a medical practitioner, health economist and policy analyst who fundamentally believes in the crucial role public health plays in Kenya’s economic and social development. Dr Mwangani is the Chief Administrative Secretary of Kenya’s Ministry for Health and became the face of the nation’s COVID-19 pandemic response at just 32 years old.