Distinguished Achievement Award

This award recognises, and honours exceptional achievements in the fields of sleep health and sleep science by ASA members. This award is presented by the Australasian Sleep Association at its annual scientific meeting.

It is awarded to an individual member who has either made: (i) a high impact, highly original and important contribution, or (ii) ongoing sustained, and significant contributions to the fields of sleep health and sleep science in Australasia and internationally.

These achievements may include, but are not limited to, research, education, policy development.

Distinguished Achievement Award Nomination form [PDF] - Members Only

Distinguished Achievement Award Nomination form [DOC] - Members Only

Award Recipients

2019: Professor Philippa Gander, Sleep Wake Research Centre; Massey University

Philippa Gander has been involved in sleep research since the 70s, her graduate studies at the University of Auckland into the chronobiology of Weta and Kiore (Polynesian rat) set her up for an international career in circadian research working for first Harvard and then NASA.  In 1998 Philippa returned to New Zealand and became founding Director of the Sleep Wake Research Centre, now based at Massey University. As well as an impressive list of well over 100 publications (including the invaluable book ‘Sleep in the 24 hour society’) she is highly valued by industry as an expert in this area having been a scientific advisor to many international regulatory bodies and frequently asked to be an expert witness in fatigue related accidents through the court system. She has mentored dozens of students and has had a wide impact on chronobiology research both locally and internationally. In addition her laboratory has made important sustained foundational contributions to the understanding at a population level of the sleep health and prevalence of sleep disorders in New Zealand. These studies have been conducted using Kaupapa Māori research methodology and have aimed to understanding inequalities between Māori and non-Māori.

In 2017 she was recognised for her sustained and significant contributions to sleep science and became an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM). Philippa has been a founding member of the Sleep Health Foundation New Zealand (SHFNZ) and continues to advocate for sleep as an important health message for all society. 

Past recipients

2018: Professor Peter Cistulli, University of Sydney

2017: Professor Nicholas Antic, Repatriation General Hospital

2016: Professor Leon Lack, Flinders University

2015: Professor Matthew Naughton, The Alfred Hospital

2014: Professor Rosemary Horne, The Ritchie Centre

2013: Dr David Hillman, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

2012: Professor John Trinder, University of Melbourne, Dept of Psychological Sciences

2011: Professor Doug McEvoy, Repatriation General Hospital, Adelaide

2010: Professor Ron Grunstein Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, NSW

2009: Professor John Wheatley

2008: Professor Colin Sullivan Department of Medicine, University of Sydney, NSW


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