INDIGENOUS health champion Ted Wilkes was recognised for his career in the medical field at a gala dinner hosted by the Australian Medical Association (AMA).
Associate Professor Wilkes, a non-clinician, was recognised for his contribution to health with the AMA President’s Award, given to a non-clinician who has contributed greatly to health in Western Australia.
A/Prof Wilkes has collaborated with the AMA over many years to improve health outcomes for Indigenous Australians, producing the landmark publication A Medical Practitioner’s Guide to Aboriginal Health in 1998, a resource that is still considered vital by any doctor who has interactions with Indigenous communities across the country.
A/Prof Wilkes is a member of the Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drugs and was previously a member of the Australian National Council on Drugs, and Chair of the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee.
He is currently employed at Curtin’s National Drug Research Institute where he is a leader of the Aboriginal Research Program, and plays an active role in capacity building and research.
The AMA (WA) Gala Dinner and Charitable Awards Ceremony is an annual event to recognise great achievements in health leadership, and medical research.