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Aboriginal entertainer Jimmy Little awarded for health promotion work

Posted on: 9 December, 2008
Issue: Vol 8 No 4, October 2008 - December 2008
Related to Health Kidney health Research

One of Australia’s top Aboriginal entertainers, singer-songwriter Jimmy Little, has been awarded for his contributions to improving Indigenous health.

Dr Little was awarded the National Health and Medical Research Council Advocacy Award at Research Australia’s ‘Thank You’ Day Awards in Sydney on 27 November 2008. He was nominated for the award by Baxter Healthcare for his long-term dedication to raising awareness of health issues affecting Indigenous Australians.

Dr Little suffered kidney failure and had a transplant in 2004, which led him to the realisation that all Australians should be able to access quality health care no matter where they live. He especially wanted to make a contribution to those communities most affected by kidney disease, so the Jimmy Little Foundation was set up to help improve kidney health in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across regional and remote Australia.

The ‘Thank You’ Day Awards are nominated by Research Australia’s members and are the culmination of Research Australia’s ‘Thank You’ Day campaign to raise awareness of health and medical research in the community.  Other award recipients included Professor Fiona Stanley for leadership and/or innovation in raising the profile of medical research.

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