In 2018, ASHM is proud to announce 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 to recognise the outstanding work of emerging leaders in the field of Viral Hepatitis; and another working in Blood borne viruses and STIs (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."
The inaugural awardees of The Levinia Crooks Emerging Leader Award will accept their award (respectively) at the 2018 Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference and the 2018 Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference where they will also deliver a 15-minute oration. The awardee receives conference registration and funding for travel and accommodation.
Members of ASHM are 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 BBV and STI (both clinical and non-clinical). Individuals may also self-nominate.
Australasian Viral Hepatitis (VH18) Conference Dates: 13 – 15 August 2018
Australasian HIV&AIDS (HIVAUS18) Conference Dates: 24 – 26 September 2018