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Date posted: 22 November 2012
A young Aboriginal researcher's commitment to helping Indigenous Australians address alcohol and other drug (AOD) problems in their own communities was recognised with a national award.
Annalee Stearne, a Nyungar woman from Western Australia (WA), received the First People's Award - which recognises a substantial and practical contribution to the advancement of the health of Indigenous people - in the annual Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD) Awards.
Annalee has been part of the National Drug Research Institute's (NDRI) Indigenous Australian research team since 2001, including spending three years in Alice Springs seconded to the Tangentyere Council's research hub. Her research focuses on improving the health and social inequities that face Indigenous people by empowering them with the knowledge to address AOD issues in their own communities.
'Annalee is a young Indigenous woman who has played a major part in developing, designing and implementing Indigenous research programs that have helped to shape the delivery of AOD programs in communities,' the award nomination said.
'As part of her research work in Indigenous communities Annalee transfers her skills and knowledge to the local Indigenous community wherever her research is taking place. This has, in turn, empowered communities to begin to shape program development within an evidence-based approach to address issues of concern.'
Source: National Drug Research Institute
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