Australia: Dr Sandra Eades named NSW Woman of the Year Print E-mail
The Sydney Morning Herald -- Thursday March 9, 2006

Aboriginal doctor honoured for medical research

By Anne Davies and Ben Cubby

An outstanding contribution … Professor Eades. Photo: Kate Geraghty

ONE OF Australia's foremost indigenous medical researchers, Sandra Eades, has been named the 2006 NSW Woman of the Year, in recognition of her work in identifying links between social factors such as housing and infant health.

Professor Eades, the first Aboriginal medical doctor to be awarded a PhD, was named as the winner of the award by the Premier, Morris Iemma, at a function to celebrate International Women's Day.

"Tonight we recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution Sandra Eades has made to Aboriginal health research," Mr Iemma said.

"In particular, I acknowledge her role in improving the health of Aboriginal women and children through pediatric and perinatal epidemiology."

Professor Eades is a senior research fellow in Aboriginal Health at the Sax Institute, Sydney and conjoint professor in the faculty of public health at the University of Newcastle.

Nominations for the NSW Woman of the Year are sought from all NSW MPs and ministers. Professor Eades was nominated by the Minister for Science and Medical Research, Frank Sartor.

"Professor Eades was the first to show a strong link between infant health and social factors such as education and access to housing," Mr Sartor said.

"Her current research involves culturally specific smoking intervention for pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, and the establishment of a major study among NSW Aboriginal children and families attending urban Aboriginal medical services," he said.