Medal of Distinction 2022

WHA Medal of Distinction 2022 – Nominations close Friday 2 September 2022! Remember to acknowledge your colleagues for their exceptional contribution to women’s health and wellbeing.

Do you know of a colleague or leader in women's healthcare whose exceptional endeavours have led to genuine improvements in women’s health?

If you do, please nominate them for the Women’s Healthcare Australasia Medal of Distinction for 2022, to be awarded at a networking Web Conference (TBC) in November 2022

The WHA Medal of Distinction honours those individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to improving the health of women and babies through service provision, leadership, or advocacy. The Medal of Distinction may be awarded both to individuals directly affiliated with WHA and also to members of the broader healthcare community.

Current Women's Healthcare Australasia Policy for the Medal of Distinction:

The medal may be awarded to members and non-members of Women’s Healthcare Australasia. For those directly affiliated with WHA, the criteria for awarding the Medal of Distinction include a significant period of service to WHA, and sustained leadership and advocacy for women’s health. The Medal of Distinction is not awarded for long service but, rather, for exceptional and meritorious service. For members of the broader community, the criterion is recognition at a national level for leadership and advocacy for women’s health.

Nominations:

WHA Medal of Distinction Nomination Form

The medal may be awarded to members and non-members of Women’s Healthcare Australasia. For those directly affiliated with WHA, the criteria for awarding the Medal of Distinction include a significant period of service to WHA, and sustained leadership and advocacy for women’s health. The Medal of Distinction is not awarded for long service but, rather, for exceptional and meritorious service. For members of the broader community, the criterion is recognition at a national level for leadership and advocacy for women’s health.
Please give description of level of qualification, and any relevant certifications or honours.
Please give a description of nominee credentials, previous employers and previous relevant job descriptions. Please attach additional pages to this form if required.
Max. file size: 49 MB.
Please describe the way in which the nominee has contributed to children’s healthcare. Please attach additional pages to this form if required.
Max. file size: 49 MB.
Full Name and Contact Details of Person Nominating(Required)

Or download the PDF form below, fill it in and email to [email protected] by Friday 2 September 2022.

If you have any questions regarding nominations, please call our team on +61 (02) 6185 0325.

Previous Recipient of the WHA Medal of Distinction:

A/Prof Emily Callander was awarded this year’s Medal in recognition of her outstanding contribution to improving the health and wellbeing of women and newborns through leadership in health economic research, analysis and translation to improve the equity, efficacy and efficiency of maternal & women’s health services and models of care.

Associate Professor Emily Callander is a health economist at Monash University, where she is Head of the Women’s Health Economics Unit at the Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation. She is supported by an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship and leads many NHMRC, MRFF and industry funded research projects. Emily specialises in maternal and women’s health, with particular interests in valuebased healthcare, equity and efficiency measurement. She collaborates regularly with state health departments and individual maternity services to help embed health economic evidence in decision making in maternity care.

Emily’s research has focused on quantifying efficiency and equity in maternal and women’s health care. This has included leading the cost-effectiveness evaluations of numerous national or international clinical trials in maternal health, which seek to identify the costeffectiveness of interventions if they were implemented as a part of routine care.

Emily’s research is unique internationally in its focus on embedding a health economics research program related to maternal and women’s health into health services. Emily partners with service providers and policy makers in maternity care to translate this evidence into data that can be used at the local decision-making level where implementation and thus impact is generated. By partnering directly with health services and policy makers Emily creates real-world, usable evidence, tailored to local settings.

Emily’s work on maternal outcomes and out of pocket fees have also been utilised by maternity consumers to advocate for better access to models of care and services demanded by women. Her analysis has been used in nationally-disseminated consumerfocused publications such as Money Magazine and Mumma Mia, national media outlets – ABC Online, The Guardian, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Courier Mail, and ABC National Radio. The nationally televised SBS Insight program developed an episode based upon Emily’s work on out of pocket fees for maternity care.

Emily is making a measurable difference to improving women’s health and wellbeing across Australia and beyond.