The Awards

The Sax Institute’s Research Action Awards recognise individuals whose research has made a significant impact on health policy, programs or service delivery. Up to three Awards will be granted and each winner will receive a certificate and prize of $5,000.

Applications will be reviewed by an independent assessment committee comprised of international and national experts in public health/health services research, policy and knowledge exchange. Professor Nicholas Mays, Professor of Health Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Director of the Policy Innovation Research Unit is chair of the assessment committee.

Applications now closed

Applications are now closed for the 2018 Research Action Awards. The deadline for applications expired at 5pm on Monday 10 September 2018.


Applications are open to early career researchers who work for one of the Sax Institute’s Ordinary Member organisations and have up to 15 years’ postdoctoral or equivalent experience. Applications must describe research that has had an impact on health policy, programs or service delivery, and demonstrate evidence of the impact.

Our members are leaders in public health and health services research. Organisations that are not already Ordinary Members of the Sax Institute can join quickly and free of charge by submitting a membership application. Details of the eligibility criteria and how to apply for membership can be found on the Sax Institute website.

The Awards presentation

Award winners will be honoured at an invitation-only ceremony in Sydney on 28 November 2018. The event will be addressed by NSW Health Secretary Elizabeth Koff and National Health and Medical Research Council CEO Professor Anne Kelso. Senior health policy leaders and members of the public health and health service research communities will be invited to attend. The Institute will seek opportunities to publicise the work of the successful applicants by showcasing their achievements to the media.

Thanks to our sponsors

We would like to acknowledge the NSW Ministry of Health and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia for their generous support of the Research Action Awards.


For all enquiries, please contact the Sax Institute:
Email: communications@saxinstitute.org.au
Phone: 02 9188 9500

Award winners

2017 Awards

Researchers whose work is having a real impact on the ground in areas as diverse as alcohol-related violence and supporting people to gain driver licences were winners at the 2017 Research Action Awards.

2017 winners:

  • Professor Kypros Kypri, University of Newcastle
  • Ms Patricia Cullen, George Institute for Global Health

2016 Awards

Researchers focused on making a real-world impact on vaccine safety, maternal and reproductive health, and strengthening the Medicare system were winners at the 2016 Research Action Awards.

2016 winners:

  • Associate Professor Kristine Macartney, National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS)
  • Associate Professor Kees van Gool, University of Technology Sydney
  • Associate Professor Angela Dawson, University of Technology Sydney

2015 Awards

The 2015 inaugural Award winners conducted research that had an impact on diverse areas – from being pivotal in having commercial sunbeds banned, to changing the way health workers communicate about vaccination with hesitant parents. Read more about the 2015 Award ceremony and winners.

2015 winners

  • Dr Anne Cust, University of Sydney
  • Dr Santosh Khanal, NSW Ministry of Health
  • Associate Professor Julie Leask, University of Sydney
  • Associate Professor Farah Magrabi, Macquarie University.