Celebrating Success

Dr James Padley has been named Rural Registrar of the Year, while other successes for Flinders people include a SA history book award, national recognition for an innovative partnership and a celebration of lived experience mental health advocacy. 

History prize for South East Squatter’s Daughter tale

Emeritus Professor Carol Grbich

Emeritus Professor Carol Grbich was recently awarded the Keain medal by the Historical Society of South Australia for the best history book on South Australia published in 2020, for her book The Accidental Heiress: Journey of Glencoe Squatter’s Daughter. This title, which she co-authored with heritage architect John Berger, traces the fortunes of Letitia Leake who became a multi millionaire on inheriting Glencoe Estate in the South East of South Australia. During WWI she made available her English estate to the Australian Government as Auxiliary Hospital No. 1 for the treatment and rehabilitation of wounded ANZACs. The book is available from Collins bookstore Mount Gambier, Glencoe Country Post and Bistro Store, information centres in the South-East and Dymocks and the Adelaide Booksellers in Adelaide; or by emailing carol.grbich@flinders.edu.au.

National awards recognise innovative partnership

The Diploma of Digital Technologies, a joint collaboration between Flinders University, BAE Systems Australia and TAFE SA, has been announced as an Industry Collaboration Finalist in the Australian Training Awards. The Diploma also recently won the Innovation Collaboration Award at the South Australian Training Awards.

The national awards recognise and celebrate excellence and are an important mechanism for promoting the benefits of vocational education and training. The awards are held annually in November and hosted in a different state or territory, with the 2021 Awards being held in Perth, Western Australia on Thursday 18 November.

To read more about the Diploma of Digital Technologies, and how it’s building new careers, click here.

Experience-based advocacy makes a difference

L-R: Christine Kaine, Professor Sharon Lawn and Janne McMahon

Professor Sharon Lawn, from the College of Medicine and Public Health, alongside fellow Lived Experience Australia colleagues, recently accepted a Leadership in Lived Experience award in The Mental Health Service (TheMHS) Awards of Australia and New Zealand.

TheMHS recognises innovation, research excellence, best practice and lived experience leadership in mental health services and aims to reduce stigma by acknowledging responsible media reporting of mental health issues. It also encourages others to promote the importance of mental health and wellbeing.

The Leadership in Lived Experience award recognises significant leadership provided by people who have personally experienced a mental illness/unhealth/illhealth/unwellness.

Professor Lawn is Deputy Chair, Treasurer and Director for South Australia of Lived Experience Australia, as well as being an active researcher at Flinders University. Her research uses a broad range of qualitative and mixed methods, and focuses on examining the culture of service provision, systems of care, implementation, and service users’ experiences of care.

Rural generalist the best in Australia

Dr James Padley

Dr James Padley, from the College of Medicine and Public Health, has been named the ACRRM-RDAA Rural Registrar of the Year Award for 2021. The award is presented annually by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and Rural Doctors Association of Australia, and recognises an ACRRM Registrar who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and advocacy in the field of rural and remote medicine.

Dr Padley is a Learning Coach within the Doctor of Medicine (Rural Stream) and an Adjunct Academic with Flinders University, as well as being a Rural Generalist doctor who works with the Royal Flying Doctor Service at Port Augusta.

“I’m humbled to be acknowledged by this award,” says Dr Padley. “I have had the benefit of supportive mentors and supervisors, and I hope I have also been able to contribute to mentoring medical students and junior doctors and helping to inspire them towards future rural medical careers.”

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