ASHM proudly established The Levinia Crooks Emerging Leader Award in 2018, honouring the legacy of the late Adjunct Professor Levinia Crooks AM—a leader in public health and the ASHM Chief Executive Officer from 1999-2017.

For over 30 years Levinia took an active role in looking for emerging leaders within the HIV, viral hepatitis, other BBV and sexual health sector - personally mentoring many talented individuals.

Each year two awards are bestowed, as a way of acknowledging Levinia’s important contribution to the sector and recognising the outstanding work of rising “stars” in the field of both viral hepatitis and another working in blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections (BBV and STI).

This prestigious award acknowledges the importance of fostering emerging leaders, who demonstrate leadership that is bold, innovative, inclusive and inspires collaboration within the sector – extremely symbolic to Levinia’s approach.

Nominations for this year’s Levinia Crooks Emerging Leader Award will be open shortly, for more information contact membership@ashm.org.au

Awardees:

2021 Levinia Crooks Emerging Leader in Viral Hepatitis Award

Megan Hughes, Sexual Health Services Tasmania

2021 Levinia Crooks Emerging Leader in BBV/STI Award

Kezia Blackledge, Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council

2020 Levinia Crooks Emerging Leader in BBV/STI Award

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

Special Mention:

Dr Marcel Kalau, GP Thorne Harbour Health

2019 Levinia Crooks Emerging Leader in Viral Hepatitis Award

A/Prof Behzad Hajarizadeh, Senior Lecturer, Viral Hepatitis Clinical Research Program, The Kirby Institute.

2019 Levinia Crooks Emerging Leader in BBV/STI Award

Dr Vincent Cornelisse, Staff Specialist in Sexual Health Medicine and Medical Unit Manager at Kirketon Road Centre.

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