The SMHR Annual Award nominations are now open.  Further information for each award is located on the SMHR website 

These awards will be presented at the SMHR 2017 Conference at the Hyatt Hotel in Canberra, 6-8 December 2017.

The following awards will be available in 2017:

  • SMHR Founders Medal
  • SMHR Oration Award
  • SMHR Rising Star Award
  • SMHR Early Career Scholar Award
  • Best Presentation and Best Poster Awards for SMHR Researchers
      – Best SMHR Debut Oral
       – Best SMHR Debut Poster
       – Best Poster – Overall
  • SMHR 2017 Conference Travel Grants-in-Aid (details below)

If you have any queries regarding these awards, please contact Dr Alison Calear by email – Alison.Calear@anu.edu.au


SMHR Conference Grants‐in‐Aid 2017

The following SMHR Conference Grants will be available for 2017: 

Up to 5 x $1000 Interstate Travel Awards will be available for students and early career researchers living more than 100kms from the ACT to facilitate attendance at the SMHR conference.

Up to 4 x $500 Local Travel Awards will be available for students and early career researchers living within the ACT or surrounding region to facilitate attendance at the SMHR conference.

To review the criteria and submit an application please download and complete the below application form

Travel Grant Application Form

Nominations should be sent to:
Dr Alison Calear by email – Alison.Calear@anu.edu.au

Due date: September 18th 2017 by 5pm AEST
Applications will not be considered after this deadline.
The successful applicants will be advised by mid-October 2017.


EARLY CAREER SCHOLAR AWARD 2017

This award is for a researcher early in their career (no more than 2 years’ postc PhD submission) to facilitate attendance at the 2017 SMHR conference to present their work.

Criteria for the Award: The nominee must be a financial member of SMHR. The award is evaluated using NHMRC category descriptors for track record and is based on publications, grants, and impact. Nominees must be within 2 years (as at 31st March 2017) from the date of the letter advising that their doctoral thesis was passed, unless career disruptions exist. Contribution to SMHR will also be considered. Persons on the SMHR Executive are not eligible for this award.

Details of the Award: The award includes a certificate and payment of conference fees at the 2017 annual SMHR conference.

Obligations: The successful applicant is required to attend the 2017 SMHR Conference.

Award Sponsor: The Society for Mental Health Research

Nominations should be emailed to Frances Kay-Lambkin, frances.kaylambkin@newcastle.edu.au, by COB 23/10/2017. 

Application form: https://www.smhr.org.au/f.ashx/EARLY-CAREER-SCHOLAR-AWARD-2017.pdf


RISING STAR AWARD 2017

This award is bestowed to “rising stars” in mental health research. That is, persons whose work is beginning to make a significant impact on the national and international scene, reflecting either scientific excellence or public impact (or both).

Criteria for the Award: The nominee will be a current financial SMHR member.    The award is evaluated using NHMRC category descriptors for track record and is based on publications, grants, and impact. It is expected that the nominee is at least 2 years and less than 7 years (as at 31st March 2017) from the date of the letter advising that their doctoral thesis was passed, unless career disruptions exist. Contribution to SMHR will also be considered. Persons on the SMHR Executive are not eligible for this award.

Details of the Award: The award includes a certificate and $1000.

Obligations: The award winner will attend the 2017 Conference.  

Award Sponsor: The Society for Mental Health Research

Nominations should be emailed to Frances Kay-Lambkin, frances.kaylambkin@newcastle.edu.au, by COB 23/10/2017.

Application form: https://www.smhr.org.au/f.ashx/Rising-Star-AWARD-2017.pdf


SOCIETY FOR MENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH FOUNDERS MEDAL 2017

This award was named in honour of the four founders of SMHR: Professors Scott Henderson, Issy Pilowsky, Graham Burrows and Peter Beaumont. The medal is awarded to persons who, over their entire careers, have made a contribution of significance to psychiatric research

Criteria for the Founders Medal: The nominee will be a financial member of SMHR at the time of nomination.  This award is evaluated using NHMRC category descriptors for track record and is based on publications, grants, impact and contribution to SMHR.  These details are to be provided by the Nominator. Criteria are judged by the SMHR Executive Committee.

Details of the Award: The award is a medal, certificate and payment of the 2017 conference registration fees. 

Obligations: The award winner is required to present at the 2017 Conference in Canberra on Thursday 7 December, 2017.

Award Sponsor: The Society for Mental Health Research

Nominations should be emailed to Frances Kay-Lambkin, frances.kaylambkin@newcastle.edu.au, by COB 23/10/2017.

Application form: https://www.smhr.org.au/f.ashx/FOUNDERS-MEDAL-2017.pdf


SOCIETY FOR MENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH ORATION AWARD 2017

This award is bestowed to persons who are prominent or rising to prominence in the Australian and New Zealand psychiatric research community.

Criteria for the Award: The award is evaluated using NHMRC category descriptors for track record and is based on publications, grants and impact. These details are to be provided by the Nominator. These criteria are judged by the SMHR Executive Committee.

Details of Award: The award includes a certificate, $3,000 prize towards the awardee’s research and all conference expenses (to the value of $2,000).

Obligations: The successful applicant is required to present an oration at the 2017 SMHR Conference on Friday 8 December, 2017.

Award Sponsor: The Society for Mental Health Research

Nominations should be emailed to Frances Kay-Lambkin, frances.kaylambkin@newcastle.edu.au, by COB 23/10/2017.

Application form: https://www.smhr.org.au/f.ashx/ORATION-AWARD-2017.pdf

If you have any queries about these awards, please contact Dr Alison Calear, Alison.Calear@anu.edu.au


Centre for Mental Health Research Lived Experience Research Medal

The Lived Experience Research Medal has been established to recognise people with lived experience of mental health issues leading mental health research.  In 2017, this award will be presented to the lived experience researcher who is judged to best meet the selection criteria based on a short written submission to the judging panel. The panel will be comprised of people with lived experience of mental health issues and will be chaired by the Head of the Lived Experience Research Unit at the Centre for Mental Health Research, ANU.

Award: A medal together with a $500 prize will be presented at the Annual SMHR Conference. 

Eligibility: The award is open to all people with a lived experience of mental health issues who have led mental health research as a lay or academic researcher. Lived experience is defined as personal (consumer) or as an informal carer/family member. Applicants with and without an academic background are encouraged to apply.

Selection criteria: Applicants should demonstrate their leadership in mental health research focused on lived experience perspectives. This may be within universities or community organisations. Submissions will be judged on (a) the relevance of the research to consumers and carers; (b) the active inclusion of consumers and carers in the research process; and (c) the quality of the contribution of the applicant’s work to the mental health knowledge base.

Process: Short written submissions (no more than 2 pages) for the award together with supporting references from two referees should be sent to Dr Frances Kay-Lambkin (Secretary SMHR) by email to f.kaylambkin@unsw.edu.au.  Applications close 5pm Monday 23 October 2017.

Funding source: The medal will be funded by the Centre for Mental Health Research, ANU.

Current Award Holder:

  • Not awarded in 2016