School of Population Health

The Aileen Plant Memorial Prize in Infectious Diseases Epidemiology

Applications for the 2019 Aileen Plant Memorial Prize in Infectious Diseases Epidemiology close October 14th 2019.

The Aileen Prize Memorial Prize is awarded annually for a first author paper by an Australian researcher, published in the previous calendar year in a peer-reviewed medical journal in the area of infectious diseases epidemiology. The prize consists of AU $2000 and a certificate.

For more information about applying for the award download Call for Nomination Form.

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Current winner:
Dr Benjamin Bavinton. The Kirby Institute

Past winners:
2018 Dr Matthew Grigg, Menzies School of Health Research, Casuarina NT 0811
2017 Ms Kerryn Moore, Burnet Institute
2016 Ms Lucia Romani, Clinical Trials Coordinator, The Kirby Institute, UNSW
2015 Dr Deborah Cromer, Research Fellow, Centre for Vascular Research, UNSW
2014 Dr Hammad Ali, The Kirby Institute, UNSW
2013 Ms Dorothy Machalek, PhD candidate, The Kirby Institute, UNSW
2012 Mr Paul Nelson, NDARC, UNSW
2011 Dr Anthony Newall, SPH, UNSW
2010 Dr Emma McBryde, Royal Melbourne Hospital
2009 Dr James McCaw, University of Melbourne


Professor Aileen Plant, 1948–2007

Professor Aileen Plant was a renowned Australian Infectious Diseases Epidemiologist, whose sudden passing on 27 March 2007 at the age of 58, while working in Jakarta, was an enormous loss to Global and Australian public health.

She was a medical epidemiologist, as well as Professor of International Health at Curtin University of Technology and by any measure, one of the World Health Organization's leading experts in outbreak investigation. Professor Plant also held the position of Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Biosecurity CRC for Emerging Infectious Diseases.

She had extensive experience in outbreak investigation, but her main research interests were in the applied and policy aspects of infectious disease control. She was passionate about her work and travelled extensively, often at great risk to herself, to help people and countries in need of her expertise.

It was her vast experience in the field which prompted WHO to invite her to join an expert investigation team being assembled in Vietnam to investigate the outbreak of a deadly virus, later to become known as SARS. Professor Plant and the medical investigation team in Hanoi worked tirelessly to identify the virus and to develop a method for its control, again at great risk to their own personal safety.

In recognition of her leadership during the SARS epidemic, Professor Plant was awarded the National Medal of Honour by the Vietnamese Government for her leadership of the SARS outbreak control program.

To honour her legacy to infectious diseases epidemiology, The University of New South Wales and the Department of Health and Ageing together offer an annual National competition for the Aileen Plant Memorial Prize in Infectious Diseases.