The Tirkapena Indigenous Alumni Award

This award recognises the success of University of Adelaide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander alumni who have made an outstanding contribution in any of the below fields:

  • has achieved significant accomplishments since graduation
  • is identifiable as a leader through professional and/or community achievements.

"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.


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.

2017 inaugural Tirkapena Indigenous Alumni Award recipient 

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.

Download the award rules and nomination form to get started.

For more further information about the award, or if you would like to nominate an alumnus of the University of Adelaide for the 2018 Tirkapena Indigenous Alumni Award, please contact alumni@adelaide.edu.au