In 2018, ASHM proudly announced the establishment of The Levinia Crooks Emerging Leader Award. This eponymous award honours the legacy of the late Adjunct Professor Levinia Crooks AM—a leader in public health and ASHM Chief Executive Officer from 1999-2017. Two awards will be given annually to recognise the outstanding work of emerging leaders in the field of viral hepatitis; and another working in blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections (BBV and STI). The awards place importance on fostering emerging leaders to continue to develop leadership that is bold, innovative, inclusive and that inspires collaboration in the sector.
"Like many other organisations in our sector, ASHM has been operating for close to 30 years and over this time enormously value the 'veterans' in the BBV & STI responses who have often given their time and expertise often freely," said ASHM President, Associate Professor Mark Bloch.
"The purpose of these awards recognises the importance of replenishing those experts with those who are emerging as thought and practice leaders in the field; and help to think about succession planning and mentoring them to take up senior leadership roles in due course."
"Levinia was keenly aware of this and through a number of initiatives worked to ensure that those voices were both heard and recognised and personally coached and mentored a whole generation of new leaders, researchers and practitioners. ASHM is confident that she would be proud and pleased to be associated so closely with such a recognition and that it honours her legacy and mentoring practice while thinking about future challenges and service delivery improvements, so symbolic of her approach."
Nominations for the 2019 Levinia Crooks Emerging Leader Awards will open in late February. Members of ASHM will be invited to nominate one person for the Award. The nominee does not need to be a member of the organisation and may be from any discipline in viral hepatitis, BBV and STI (both clinical and non-clinical). Individuals may also self-nominate.
The inaugural awardees of The Levinia Crooks Emerging Leader Award will accept their award at the 2019 Australasian Viral Hepatitis Elimination Conference and the 2019 Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference where they will also deliver a 10-minute, unique oration. The awardees receive conference registration, funding for travel and accommodation to attend the conference and ASHM membership for a year.
2018 Levinia Crooks Emerging Leader in Viral Hepatitis Award - Jennifer MacLachlan, Epidemiologist, WHO Collaborating Centre for Viral Hepatitis, The Doherty Institute.
Congrats to Jennifer MacLachlan @TheDohertyInst on being awarded the inaugural #LeviniaCrooks Emerging Leader Award in #ViralHepatitis presented at #VH18. Jen leads the #HepB Mapping Project, which estimates burden of disease, access to diagnosis & care. https://t.co/2yns7kWsFK pic.twitter.com/iAKZ40uV6s— ASHM (@ASHMMedia) August 14, 2018
2018 Levinia Crooks Emerging Leader in BBV/STI Award - Dr Angie Pinto, Staff Specialist at Royal Prince Alfred hospital
Congratulations to @DrAngiePinto of @KirbyInstitute for receiving the #LeviniaCrooks Emerging Leader Award at #HIVAIDS18 whose work in molecular epidemiology helps to understand HIV transmission characteristics: https://t.co/1qfmmIVvGh pic.twitter.com/7osg0RxsBW— ASHM (@ASHMMedia) September 26, 2018
Special Recognition in the 2018 Levinia Crooks Emerging Leader in BBV/STI Award - Mr Michael Brown, Aboriginal Health Worker, Cairns Sexual Health
Congratulations to Michael Brown of Cairns Sexual Health for receiving special recognition at #HIVAIDS18 for his work in peer navigation and community health. Find out more about the #LeviniaCrooks Emerging Leader Award: https://t.co/1qfmmIVvGh pic.twitter.com/LuKbJBMPyd— ASHM (@ASHMMedia) September 26, 2018