AMA award for Aboriginal health champion
NDRI’s Associate Professor Ted Wilkes has been recognised by the Australian Medical Association (WA) for his distinguished career championing the health of Indigenous Australians.
The AMA President’s Award, given to a non-clinician who has contributed greatly to health in Western Australia, was received by Associate Professor Ted Wilkes at the AMA (WA) Annual Charity Gala Dinner and Awards Night - an annual event to recognise great achievements in health leadership and medical research.
Associate Professor Wilkes has collaborated with the AMA (WA) over many years to improve health outcomes for Indigenous Australians, producing the landmark publication A Medical Practitioner’s Guide to Aboriginal Health in 1998 – a resource that is still considered vital by any doctor who has interactions with indigenous communities across the country.
Associate Professor Wilkes is a member of the Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drugs and was previously a member of the Australian National Council on Drugs, and Chair of the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee. Associate Professor Wilkes is currently a leader of NDRI’s Aboriginal Research Program, and plays an active role in capacity building and research.