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Sandra Eades

Deadly Vibe Issue 104, October 2005

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Hale, hearty and deadly

A healthier tomorrow for our children.

Improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is one of the most serious challenges facing our community. But thanks to the tireless efforts of some truly deadly people, we are slowly but surely making headway in the fight for better health.

The Deadly award for Outstanding Achievement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health aims to recognise the work of these people and, although each and every one of them deserves to win a Deadly, only one can take home the prized statuette.

This year Indigenous Australia chose to honour Dr Sandra Eades as the winner of the Deadly award for Outstanding Achievement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. She is a medical epidemiologist (a branch of medicine that deals with the study of the causes, distribution, and control of disease in populations) with a special interest in paediatrics (children’s health).

Sandra is the first Aboriginal medical doctor to be awarded a PhD. She is a Senior Research Fellow in Aboriginal Health at the Institute for Health Research in Sydney and is a Professor in the faculty of Public Health at Newcastle University.

Sandra dedicated her award to her three year old child, saying that her dream was for every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child to grow up expecting the same quality of health that the rest of Australia enjoys. Her comment was met with strong cheers of approval from the audience.

(story date October 1, 2005 end)

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