Achievement in Children’s Research Awards

In 2021, the Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation created the Achievement in Children’s Research Awards to annually recognise the achievements and outcomes of the research and researchers the Foundation supports.

These Awards focus on the three areas of children’s research the Foundation is committed to – health, education and welfare – and are named in recognition of three remarkable CRF visionaries:

Colin Matthews Award for outstanding achievement in children’s health research

Len Frankham Award for outstanding achievement in children’s education and wellbeing research

Dennis Earl Award for outstanding achievement in children’s welfare research

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Colin Matthews Award

Outstanding achievement in children’s health research

Awarded to Professor Jennifer Couper for her excellent and on-going work in the field of juvenile diabetes

Professor Jenny Couper is a paediatric endocrinologist who heads the Discipline of Paediatrics, University of Adelaide, South Australia.

She led the Diabetes and Endocrinology Department, Women’s and Children’s Hospital, SA, providing service to the paediatric diabetes clinic (metropolitan and outreach) of approximately 750 patients and endocrinology clinic of approximately 1,000 patients for 20 years. She leads the ENDIA Australian consortium and is a steering member of the Australasian Diabetes Data Network and Australasian Immune Therapy in Diabetes Network. She is a member of the International Society of Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes Advisory Council.

Her research focuses on two areas of childhood diabetes:  the first, the causes in early life of childhood diabetes and how to prevent their impact, and the second, protecting children from cardiovascular disease in type 1 diabetes. 

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Len Frankham Award

Outstanding achievement in children’s education and wellbeing research

Awarded to Professor Tracey Wade for her work on eating disorders and supporting mental health support approaches in adolescents

Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor Tracey Wade has worked as a clinician and researcher in eating disorders for over 30 years. In 2015 she was elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. In 2016 she was made an Inaugural Honorary Fellow of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy. In 2017-18 she was the president of the Eating Disorder Research Society. In 2019 she was appointed Fellow of the APS and was a recipient of the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders Distinguished Achievement Award, and in 2020 she was the recipient of the Academy of Eating Disorders Outstanding Clinician Award.

Professor Wade is the director of the Órama Institute for Mental Health and Wellbeing, the Blackbird Initiative, and the Flinders University Services for Eating Disorders (FUSED). She has cowritten 3 books and has over 250 publications in peer reviewed journals.

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Dennis Earl Award

Outstanding achievement in children’s welfare research

Awarded to Professor Michael Sawyer for his work in community child health

Professor Michael Sawyer is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Adelaide.

Prior to retiring in 2019 he was Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Adelaide and Head, Research and Evaluation Unit at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in South Australia. During his academic career he also held appointments as Head, Department of Paediatrics and Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Adelaide.

Michael is currently the Honorary Medical Advisor for Australian Rotary Health. In 2008, he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the field of child and adolescent mental health as a researcher and educator.

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