The Dennis McDermott Award for Excellence in Cultural Safety

The Dennis McDermott Memorial Award for Excellence in Cultural Safety, named in honour of the late Professor Dennis McDermott, A Koori psychologist, who conducted research on how to teach Indigenous cultural safety to medical and allied health students. The award recognises outstanding work by a health practitioner, community organisation or educator in enhancing cultural safety in Australian health contexts. It is intended to recognise both existing good practice and innovations in the field. The award is funded by donations from friends, colleagues and family, via La Trobe University.

The first inaugural Dennis McDermott Memorial Award for Excellence in Cultural Safety award went to Mr Roland Wilson, Lecturer, Indigenous Public Health, Flinders University. 

Roland’s nomination (and win) took him by surprise.  It was unanimously judged by the selection panel to exemplify and personify the notions of cultural safety, being innovative and cutting edge, transformative and transferable in demonstrating best practice in cultural safety.

The award is funded by donations from friends, colleagues and family, via La Trobe University. If you would like to contribute, you can make a tax-deductible donation at https://alumni.latrobe.edu.au/dennis-mcdermott-memorial-award 

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