The 2016 theme for International Women’s Day was ‘Pledge for Parity’, so Professor Roianne West saw it as perfect timing when she received two awards this year.

Professor West has devoted 20 years to health, education and career equality for Australia’s First Peoples.

“The first award was a general leadership gong but the second was for innovation,” she explains.

“The innovation element was for my work in establishing the Griffith University First Peoples Health Unit, the first of its type to be implemented nationally, so that was important for me.”

Also recognised with leadership awards were Professor Suzanne Chambers for her work on the psychological aspects of cancer, and Professor Wendy Moyle for her work on improving care and quality of life for people with dementia.