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Dr Noel Hayman wins Deadlys Award

Posted on: 10 October, 2008
Issue: Vol 8 No 4, October 2008 - December 2008
Related to Health

Dr Noel Hayman was the winner of the 14thDeadlys Awards for Outstanding achievement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.                     
Since 1995, the Deadlys Awards have celebrated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander excellence in music, sport, the arts and community achievement. On 9 October 2008, the biggest names in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia came together to award  top Indigenous achievers. Other nominees for the Outstanding achievement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health Award were:

  • Associate Professor Colleen Hayward – Telethon Institute for Child Health Research;
  • Lorian Hayes – National Indigenous Australian Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Education Network; and
  • Joyce Donovan – Human rights and health campaigner

Dr Noel Hayman, who graduated in medicine from the University of Queensland in 1990, was one of the first Aboriginal people to complete the medical curriculum at the university. Dr Hayman is currently director of the Indigenous Health Service at Inala in Queensland, through the QEII Hospital Health Service District. One of his achievements has been to improve Indigenous access to mainstream health services and medical education. In one decade, he has helped to increase the number of patients from 12 to 2500, with Indigenous patients travelling from all over Brisbane to visit the centre.  Dr Hayman hopes his centre will one day be used by universities and other health facilities to train staff about Indigenous health.

Dr Hayman also holds appointments with the University of Queensland as Senior lecturer for the School of Medicine, the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, is Secretary of the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association and Chair of the ATSI Health Working Group in the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. In recognition of his work, Dr Hayman was this year awarded the inaugural Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation Close the Gap Indigenous Health award.

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