Tirkapena Alumni Award

For outstanding achievement and impact within Indigenous and/or Torres Strait Islander communities.

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. We strongly encourage nominations from our Indigenous alumni.

Nominees must comply with all of the following eligibility criteria:

1. Demonstrates sustained and significant contributions in one or more of the following areas: Humanitarian, Professional Excellence and/or Outstanding Community Service.
2. Professional or volunteer work, demonstrates a significant positive impact that has been recognised by peers – locally, nationally and/or internationally.
3. Through prominence in their field/profession, brings great distinction to the University of Adelaide.
4. Demonstrates leadership qualities in a variety of contexts that could include volunteering, or community and professional work.


Nominations open Monday 21 January 2019 at 9.00 am ACDT and close Friday 1 March 2019 at 5.00 pm ACDT.

Read Nomination Rules for more information. 

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.

Further information

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