PHRP Excellence Awards

The Sax Institute established the annual Public Health Research & Practice Excellence Awards in 2018 to celebrate the high calibre of articles published in the journal. We promote excellence in public health research, practice and policy, and recognise the inspirational work taking place in Australia and internationally.

Papers are judged for their potential impact on public health policy and practice, usefulness to policy makers, researchers and public health practitioners, rigour of methodology and quality of analysis and presentation. There are two awards: ‘Best Paper’ and ‘Best In Practice Paper’, which specifically recognises work authored by frontline practitioners. Papers considered for the awards have appeared in an issue published in the previous year (September–August).

We are delighted to announce the winning and highly commended articles for the 2019 Awards as detailed below.

Congratulations to all the authors. We look forward to continuing to support and recognise the impactful work taking place in public health research, policy and practice.

Winners 2019

Best Paper

Design and delivery of an innovative speech pathology service-learning program for primary school children in Far West NSW, Australia
Sue Kirby, David Lyle, Debra Jones, Claire Brunero, Alison Purcell, Pascale Dettwiller

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Best ‘In Practice’ Paper

Lessons from the renewal of the National Cervical Screening Program in Australia
Megan Smith, Ian Hammond, Marion Saville

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Highly Commended 2019

The judging panel, comprised of members of the PHRP Editorial Board, has also highly commended the following papers:

Highly commended – research and perspective papers

Obesity prevention in children and young people: what policy actions are needed?
William Bellew, Adrian Bauman, James Kite, Bridget Foley, Lindsey Reece, Margaret Thomas, Seema Mihrshahi, Lesley King

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Increasing the use of research in population health policies and programs: a rapid review
Danielle M Campbell, Gabriel Moore

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Highly commended – ‘In Practice’ papers

Built environment interventions for human and planetary health: integrating health in climate change adaptation and mitigation
Jason H Prior, Irena LC Connon, Erica McIntyre, Jon Adams, Anthony Capon, Jennifer Kent, Chris Rissel, Leena E Thomas, Susan M Thompson, Harriet Westcott

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Reflections on the NSW Healthy Children Initiative: a comprehensive state-delivered childhood obesity prevention initiative
Christine Innes-Hughes, Chris Rissel, Margaret Thomas, Luke Wolfenden

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Winners 2018

Best Paper

Deadly progress: changes in Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adult daily smoking, 2004–2015
Raymond Lovett, Katherine Thurber, Alyson Wright, Raglan Maddox, Emily Banks

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Best ‘In Practice’ Paper

Communicating with the public about the risks of naturally occurring asbestos
Claire Hooker, Adam Capon, Isabel Hess

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Highly Commended 2018

Highly commended – research papers

Evaluation of ‘Stop Smoking in its Tracks’: an intensive smoking cessation program for pregnant Aboriginal women incorporating contingency-based financial rewards
Megan Passey, Janelle Stirling

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Support for food policy initiatives is associated with knowledge of obesity-related cancer risk factors
Wendy Watson, Marianne Weber, Clare Hughes, Lyndal Wellard, Kathryn Chapman

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Highly commended – ‘In Practice’ papers

Intergovernmental collaboration for the health and wellbeing of refugees settling in Australia
Belinda Martin, Paul Douglas

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The Aboriginal Population Health Training Initiative: a NSW Health program established to strengthen the Aboriginal public health workforce
Ben Li, Aaron Cashmore, Dawn Arneman, Wendy Bryan-Clothier, Lisa McCallum, Andrew Milat

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