Aileen Plant Medal

Nomination Guidelines

Professor Aileen Plant was a great friend to Public Health, locally, nationally and internationally. Aileen was known to, and loved and respected by, so many of the public health family. As a medical epidemiologist and professor of international health at Curtin University of Technology and the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Biosecurity CRC for Emerging Infectious Diseases, she was one of the World Health Organisation's leading experts in outbreak investigation.

 

Within her extensive experience in outbreak investigation, her main interests were in the applied research and policy aspects of infectious disease control. She was passionate about her work and travelled extensively, often with great risk to herself, to help people and countries in need of her expertise. She was an amazing teacher and mentor and those who were fortunate to have experienced her teaching and academic supervision bear testament to her perennial encouragement, her humour, her commitment to excellence and above all to her reflected joy in her students’ achievements.

 

Professor Plant has been described as a leader in her field and a person of great compassion. She was committed to all aspects of public health. Aileen Plant’s contribution went beyond communicable diseases and across all areas of population health, including but not restricted to international health. She had a passion for teaching, mentoring, and the application/translation of research to make a difference. It is therefore fitting that the four peak Australian public health organisations have come together to strike a medal, “The Aileen Plant Medal” to be presented at every national Population Health Congress. The inaugural medal was first presented at the Population Health Congress in 2008.

Background
Eligibility for Nomination

A person must be nominated by a 2nd party. Any early career population health practitioner can be nominated for the Aileen Plant Medal, provided they have made a significant contribution to the field of population health and are not a current member of the Population Health Congress Organising Committee or Sub-Committees.

Nominator

Anyone who wishes to nominate another person for this Medal must supply comprehensive information to support the nomination against the selection criteria, and must be either:
 

  • A financial member of one of the four Congress organisations (Australasian Epidemiological Association, Australian Health Promotion Association, Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine or the Public Health Association of Australia), or

  • Enrolled in the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine training program.

Selection Criteria

Each application will be assessed by a panel of people drawn from each of the four Congress organisations (Australasian Epidemiological Association, Australian Health Promotion Association, Public Health Association of Australia, and the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine).

 

The nominee must be an early career population health practitioner who:
 

  • Has made a significant contribution to the field of population health

  • Is an emerging leader in their field

  • Has undertaken innovative or ground-breaking research, policy development or practice in an area of population health

  • Exhibits research, leadership and/or advocacy skills which will assist them in raising the profile of their population health issue of interest.

Nominations close Friday 26 August 2022