In 2018, ASHM proudly announced the establishment of The Levinia Crooks Emerging Leader Awards in Viral Hepatitis and BBV/STI. These two eponymous awards honour the legacy of the late Adjunct Professor Levinia Crooks AMa leader in public health and ASHM Chief Executive Officer from 1999-2017.

Two awards are 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 2020 Levinia Crooks Emerging Leader Award in the Viral Hepatitis field will be open shortly.

The nominations for the Viral Hepatitis award will be open shortly.

The awardees will accept their awards at the 2021 Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference where they will deliver a 10 minute, unique oral presentation.


2020 Awardees

2020 Levinia Crooks Emerging Leader in BBV/STI Award 

A/Prof Eric Chow, Central Clinical School, Monash University 

Associate Professor Eric Chow is an STI epidemiologist and biostatistician based at the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre. He completed his PhD at the Kirby Institute in 2014. He is currently the Head of the Health Data Management and Biostatistics Unit at MSHC and is an Associate Professor at Central Clinical School, Monash University. He is also an Honorary Principal Fellow at the Melbourne School of Population & Global Health, The University of Melbourne. His research interests focus on STI epidemiology and prevention, with a particular interest in kissing, exploring mouthwash as a novel intervention for gonorrhoea and HPV vaccination. 


Special Recognition in the 2020 Levinia Crooks Emerging Leader in BBV/STI Award 

Dr Marcel Kalau, GP, Thorne Harbour Health 

Marcel is a GP who has been practicing in sexual and reproductive health, HIV and hepatitis medicine since 2014. He has worked in this field at the M Clinic in Perth, the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre and Northside Clinic, where he also focused on transgender medicine. He currently works in Melbourne at Thorne Harbour Health (formerly the Victorian AIDS Council) and as a vasectomist for Marie Stopes International. 

Read more about the two awardees here


2019 Awardees 

2019 Levinia Crooks Emerging Leader in Viral Hepatitis Award - Behzad Hajarizadeh, Senior Lecturer, ​Viral Hepatitis Clinical Research Program,​ The Kirby Institute​.

2019 Levinia Crooks Emerging Leader in BBV/STI Award - Vincent Cornelisse, Staff Specialist in sexual health medicine and Medical Unit Manager at Kirketon Road Centre.


2018 Awardees 

2018 Levinia Crooks Emerging Leader in Viral Hepatitis Award - Jennifer MacLachlan, Epidemiologist, WHO Collaborating Centre for Viral Hepatitis, The Doherty Institute.

 2018 Levinia Crooks Emerging Leader in BBV/STI Award - Dr Angie Pinto, Staff Specialist at Royal Prince Alfred hospital

Special Recognition in the 2018 Levinia Crooks Emerging Leader in BBV/STI Award - Mr Michael Brown, Aboriginal Health Worker, Cairns Sexual Health