Tirkapena Indigenous Award
The Tirkapena Indigenous Award recognises an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander alum whose significant achievements have impacted their profession and/or community.
"Tirkapena” meaning “a person inclined to learn, understand, know, perceive" in Kaurna language.
The Kaurna People are the original custodians of the Adelaide plains on which the University of Adelaide's three campuses are built, Adelaide, Waite and Roseworthy.
Nominations for the 2023 Tirkapena Indigenous Award are now closed. For further information please contact the Alumni Relations team at firstname.lastname@example.org, +61 8 8313 5800.
Tirkapena Indigenous Award Recipient 2022
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.Read more about Tiahni Adamson
2021 Recipient Dr Jared Thomas
2019 Recipient Dr Claudia Paul
2017 Recipient Dr Kali Hayward
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.
Past recipients list