Tirkapena Alumni Award

The Tirkapena Alumni Award recognises both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal alumni whose significant achievements have positively impacted outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

2019 recipient

Dr Claudia Paul

Dr Claudia Paul, a Wiradjuri woman from Broken Hill, has achieved a lot in her 26 years, but her goals are even more impressive.

During her time at university, she was a student representative with the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association and was active in a mentoring group that fostered links between Indigenous medical students and medical practitioners.

In 2017, Claudia became the third Australian Indigenous person to be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship. She now hopes to be one of the first (if not the first) female Indigenous surgeons in Australia and to eventually establish a surgical outreach service for rural and remote areas.

“My plan is to change the life of one patient at a time, one community at a time, and eventually reduce the morbidity and mortality of those suffering in outback Australia,” Claudia said.

  • Recipient of the 2017 inaugural Tirkapena Indigenous Alumni Award

    On Friday 24 November 2017, the University of Adelaide presented the inaugural Tirkapena Indigenous Alumni Award to alumna Dr Kali Hayward at the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony.

    Dr Kali Hayward 

    Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (2005)

    A general practitioner for an Aboriginal medical service, a medical educator and the President of the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association.

    In recognition of her achievements since graduation through which she has become a leader in the community.

For further information about the Tirkapena Alumni Award, please contact alumni@adelaide.edu.au