Dr. Toby Freeman was awarded the Public Health Association (SA Branch) and Australian Health Promotion Association (SA) award for Primary Health Care Practice at a breakfast on Friday 21st February.
This award recognised the research he has conducted on comprehensive Primary Health Care since he joined the Southgate Institute in 2008. This included a comprehensive study of community health centres and more recently examination of decolonisation practice in Aboriginal primary health care. His research approach is highly collaborative and conducted in close partnerships with service providers and the communities they serve.
The award also recognised Toby’s commitment to health equity and his research on how primary health care services can contribute to more equitable health outcomes and especially to closing the gap in life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and non-Indigenous Australians. Toby was also recently appointed as co-lead of the FHMRI social determinants theme.