SMHR Awards 2018

The SMHR Annual Award nominations are now open.

These awards will be presented at the SMHR 2018 Conference at the Sofitel Noosa Pacifica Resort, Noosa, Queensland, 28-30 November 2018.

The following awards will be available in 2018:
• SMHR Conference Travel Grants-in-Aid
• SMHR Early Career Scholar Award
• SMHR Rising Star Award
• SMHR Founders Medal
• SMHR Oration Award
• Australian Rotary Health (ARH) Mental Health “IMPACT” Award 2018
• Best Presentation and Best Poster Awards for SMHR Researchers
– Best SMHR Debut Oral
– Best SMHR Debut Poster
– Best Poster – Overall

If you have any queries regarding these awards, please contact Prof Daniel Hermens by email – dhermens@usc.edu.au


SMHR CONFERENCE TRAVEL GRANTS‐IN‐AID

The following SMHR Conference Grants will be available for 2018:

Up to 5 x $1000 Interstate Travel Awards will be available for students and early career researchers living more than 100kms from the QLD to facilitate attendance at the SMHR conference.

Up to 4 x $500 Local Travel Awards will be available for students and early career researchers living within the QLD or surrounding region to facilitate attendance at the SMHR conference.

To review the criteria and submit an application please download and complete the below application form

Travel Grant Application Form

Nominations should be sent to:
Prof Daniel Hermens by email – dhermens@usc.edu.au

Due date: September 17th 2018 by 5pm AEST
Applications will not be considered after this deadline.
The successful applicants will be advised by mid-October 2018.


EARLY CAREER SCHOLAR AWARD 2018

This award is for a researcher early in their career (no more than 2 years’ post PhD award) to facilitate attendance at the 2018 SMHR conference to present their work.

Criteria for the Award: The nominee must be a financial member of SMHR. The award is evaluated using NHMRC category descriptors for track record and is based on publications, grants, and impact. Nominees must be within 2 years (as at 31st March 2018) from the date of the letter advising that their doctoral thesis was passed, unless career disruptions exist. Contribution to SMHR will also be considered. Persons on the SMHR Executive are not eligible for this award.

Details of the Award: The award includes a certificate and payment of conference registration fees at the 2018 annual SMHR conference. The awardee will be featured on the SMHR website, and asked to participate in a short podcast about their work that will be posted on the SMHR website.

Obligations: The successful applicant is required to attend the 2018 SMHR Conference.

Award Sponsor: The Society for Mental Health Research

Nominations should be emailed to Prof Eóin Killackey: eoin.killackey@orygen.org.au by COB 22/10/2018.

Application form: Early Career Scholar Award 2018


RISING STAR AWARD 2018

This award is bestowed to “rising stars” in mental health research. That is, persons whose work is beginning to make a significant impact on the national and international scene, reflecting either scientific excellence or public impact (or both).

Criteria for the Award: The nominee will be a current financial SMHR member. The award is evaluated using NHMRC category descriptors for track record and is based on publications, grants, and impact. It is expected that the nominee is at least 2 years and less than 7 years (as at 31st March 2018) from the date of the letter advising that their doctoral thesis was passed, unless career disruptions exist. Contribution to SMHR will also be considered. Persons on the SMHR Executive are not eligible for this award.

Details of the Award: The award includes a certificate and payment of conference registration fees at the 2018 annual SMHR conference. The awardee will be featured on the SMHR website, and asked to participate in a short podcast about their work that will be posted on the SMHR website.

Obligations: The successful applicant is required to attend the 2018 SMHR Conference.

Award Sponsor: The Society for Mental Health Research

Nominations should be emailed to Prof Eóin Killackey: eoin.killackey@orygen.org.au by COB 22/10/2018.

Application form: Rising Star Award 2018


SMHR FOUNDERS MEDAL 2018

This award was named in honour of the four founders of SMHR: Professors Scott Henderson, Issy Pilowsky, Graham Burrows and Peter Beaumont. The medal is awarded to persons who, over their entire careers, have made a contribution of significance to psychiatric research.

Criteria for the Founders Medal: The nominee will be a financial member of SMHR at the time of nomination. This award is evaluated using NHMRC category descriptors for track record and is based on publications, grants, impact and contribution to SMHR. These details are to be provided by the Nominator. Criteria are judged by the SMHR Executive Committee.

Details of the Award: The awardee will be presented with a medal and a certificate and payment of conference registration fees at the 2018 annual SMHR conference. The awardee will be featured on the SMHR website, and asked to participate in a short podcast about their work that will be posted on the SMHR website.

Obligations: The award winner is required to present at the 2018 Conference in Noosa on Thursday 29 November, 2018.

Award Sponsor: The Society for Mental Health Research

Nominations should be emailed to Prof Eóin Killackey: eoin.killackey@orygen.org.au by COB 22/10/2018.

Application form: SMHR Founders Medal 2018


SMHR ORATION AWARD 2018

This award is bestowed to persons who are prominent or rising to prominence in the Australian and New Zealand psychiatric research community.

Criteria for the Award: The award is evaluated using NHMRC category descriptors for track record and is based on publications, grants and impact. These details are to be provided by the Nominator. These criteria are judged by the SMHR Executive Committee.

Details of Award: The awardee will be presented with a medal and a certificate and payment of conference registration fees at the 2018 annual SMHR conference. The awardee will be featured on the SMHR website, and asked to participate in a short podcast about their work that will be posted on the SMHR website.

Obligations: The successful applicant is required to present an oration at the 2018 SMHR Conference on Friday 30 November, 2018.

Award Sponsor: The Society for Mental Health Research

Nominations should be emailed to Prof Eóin Killackey: eoin.killackey@orygen.org.au by COB 22/10/2018.

Application form: SMHR Oration Award 2018


AUSTRALIAN ROTARY HEALTH (arh) MENTAL HEALTH “IMPACT” AWARD 2018

2018 Nominations are currently open. Applications must be received by 5PM AEDT, Monday 5th November 2018.

There is more to innovation in mental health research than great ideas. SMHR has a number of awards acknowledging excellence in research. However, there is often a gap between knowledge gained through research, the dissemination of that knowledge to clinicians, consumers and carers, and its implementation into policy and practice.

Australian Rotary Health has therefore established an annual award to recognise the critical step of research translation – implementation and knowledge dissemination – in our mental health research work. This award is for mental health researchers who can demonstrate the use of innovative strategies and methods for disseminating their research or for implementing their research outputs into clinical practice and other real-world settings.

Award: The award consists of a plaque and the expenses of attending the SMHR conference. The expenses are for a total amount not exceeding $3,000 and include: registration at SMHR Conference for that year, for two nights’ accommodation at the SMHR Conference and air travel.
The winner will be expected to attend the SMHR 2018 conference, to present for 25 minutes on Friday 30th November 2018 at SMHR 2018 and to be available to Rotary for no less than three speaking engagements over the ensuing 12 months. (Note that if these future speaking engagements are not held in the town or city where the successful applicant lives, then the Australian Rotary Health will cover the cost of airfare and accommodation).

Eligibility: The award is open to all researchers, clinicians, consumers and organisations who seek to advance the availability of evidence- based interventions for those who are experiencing mental illness in the Australian community. The prize is open to individuals and organisations. They may be consumers, carers, researchers, or organisations involving these groups.

Selection Criteria: The prize is for the most outstanding and innovative effort to disseminate knowledge about mental health research output or implement evidence-based mental health interventions or service solutions in real world settings. The entry should describe the activity, the target audience, and the evidence base for the research/knowledge which is being promoted, disseminated, or implemented. It should also describe the impact that their activity has had and how this was measured.

Process: Applicants will be required to submit a written entry describing their knowledge dissemination or research translation innovation.

Application form can be found here.

Applications should be sent to: Prof Eóin Killackey (Secretary, SMHR) by email to eoin.killackey@orygen.org.au   by 5PM AEDT, 5 November 2018.

The award will be presented by Australian Rotary Health at the 2018 SMHR Conference in Noosa, on Friday 30th November 2018.

Funding Source: Australian Rotary Health
Current Award Holder: 2017 Dr Cath Chapman / Cracks in the Ice.