Thursday, March 09, 2006

This is great!

Finally, some of our aboriginal friends are getting the recognition they deserve!!! About time, too! The story below is from today's Sydney Morning Herald.

Recently I received word that a wise, kind and lovely aborginal lady died recently from a recurrence of cancer. Ruby Naden was from Gilgandra and a friend from many many years ago. She was greatly honoured in the community and loved by many. The church where her funeral was held was packed to overflowing. Her newphew, an Anglican minister led the service. I wish I could have been there too!
Aboriginal doctor honoured for medical research

By Anne Davies and Ben Cubby
March 9, 2006

ONE OF Australia's foremost indigenous medical researchers, Sandra Eades, has been named the 2006 NSW Woman of the Year, in recognition of her work in identifying links between social factors such as housing and infant health.

Professor Eades, the first Aboriginal medical doctor to be awarded a PhD, was named as the winner of the award by the Premier, Morris Iemma, at a function to celebrate International Women's Day.

"Tonight we recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution Sandra Eades has made to Aboriginal health research," Mr Iemma said.

"In particular, I acknowledge her role in improving the health of Aboriginal women and children through pediatric and perinatal epidemiology."

Professor Eades is a senior research fellow in Aboriginal Health at the Sax Institute, Sydney and conjoint professor in the faculty of public health at the University of Newcastle.

Nominations for the NSW Woman of the Year are sought from all NSW MPs and ministers. Professor Eades was nominated by the Minister for Science and Medical Research, Frank Sartor.

"Professor Eades was the first to show a strong link between infant health and social factors such as education and access to housing," Mr Sartor said.

"Her current research involves culturally specific smoking intervention for pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, and the establishment of a major study among NSW Aboriginal children and families attending urban Aboriginal medical services," he said.

Also yesterday, Sarina Bratton won the Veuve Clicquot Award, an annual prize for women who have gained unusual success in business. Ms Bratton established a network of luxury cruises to various Australian ports, including in the Kimberley region and Tasmania, becoming the first woman in the world to found a shipping line - Orion Expedition Cruises.

"It's not going to make a difference to the way we go about our business … but it is very nice," Ms Bratton said, before pausing to kiss her husband, who had just arrived with a bunch of red roses.

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