Awards and Announcements

The 2016 Sydney Medical School Award for Exceptional Performance by Professional Staff


Tegan and Dr Louise Cole

This award went to Tegan Bellamy , Administrative Officer for the Nepean Clinical School Building.
Tegan has been a valued employee of Nepean Clinical School for 8 years. Over this time, she has expanded her original role to include managing building access and maintenance for the Clinical School Building to ensure the smooth and safe running of the school. She is responsible for developing relationships with hospital and community groups and ensuring their experience with the Clinical School is a positive and ongoing one.

The 2015 SMSN Tutor Awards


Our Tutor Awards Presentation was held on Wednesday 9th December.
We would like to thank all our hard working tutors.
We and our students are very fortunate to have so many dedicated teachers.

We added a new award this year - "Early Career Teaching Award"

This award was presented to: Dr Doruk Seyfi in recognition and appreciation of his ongoing enthusiasm for student education

2015 SMSN Tutor Awards

The 2015 Annual Nepean Scientific Day Awards

NBMLHD Scientific Day Prizes for 2015

The NMRF Grant Recipients for 2015

The Isobel Corin Travel Grant Recipients for 2015

The SMS Outstanding Teaching Award

The Stage 2 Endocrine Block Teaching at Nepean and Concord Clinical Schools for the 2015 Sydney Medical School Award for Outstanding Teaching has been given to Associate Professor Emily Hibbert, Ms Sarah Whereat and Tim Lambert (Concord)

NSW Health Awards

Customer Service

Winner: Dr Doruk Seyfi, Thoracic Surgical Registrar (Surgery, Nepean Clinical School Graduate)
2nd Runner Up: Vicki Riley, Administrative Officer Department of Psychiatry (Nepean) Teamwork



2nd Runner Up: Professor Gustavo Duque, Consultant Geriatrician - Professor of Medicine, Nepean Geriatric Medicine Leadership and Management:
For: “Translating Musculoskeletal research into practice”
Watch the @boneresearch team talk about their Quality Award-winning #research

Charles New promoted to Deputy Surgeon General and Brigadier

Congratulations to Adjunct Associate Professor Charles New from the Nepean Clinical School who has been promoted to Deputy Surgeon General and Brigadier in the Army.

NIH Grant

Professor Hans Peter Dietz is a co-investigator for a recently awarded NIH grant:

"Mechanisms for pelvic organ prolapse after obstetrical levator muscle injury" (co-investigator with V Handa, Baltimore) January 12, 2015-December 31, 2017. Total Grant Sum: USD 622.500

2014 Sydney Medical School Award for Outstanding Teaching.


Dr Stuart Lane

Dr Stuart Lane was awarded the 2014 Sydney Medical School Award for Outstanding Teaching.
Stuart has won our Nepean Tutor Award for 7 years

He is a Senior Lecturer in Intensive Care Medicine interested in:
Qualitative research
Medical education
Medical simulation
Intensive Care Medicine

2014 Scientific Day Awards

Congratulations to all theScientific Day Award Recipients and the NMRF Grant Recipients!

See the full list:
2014 Scientific Day Awards

2014 NMRF Grant Recipients

ASBMR Young Investigator Award - Krishanthi Gunaratnam


Krishanthi Gunaratnam won a prestigious ASBMR Young Investigator Award to attend the European Calcified Tissue Society (ECTS) Ph.D. Training Course.
Only 5 people are chosen worldwide!

ASBMR offers five awards for young investigators to attend two Ph.D. training courses in Oxford, UK. The awards cover the registration and travel expenses to attend both of the following Ph.D. training courses.
European Calcified Tissue Society (ECTS) Ph.D. Training Course
This training course is a four-day training program for Ph.D. students covering basic and clinical bone science. The aims of the course are:

  • To increase knowledge about physiology and pathology of mineralized tissues.
  • To disseminate knowledge about key methods in bone research.
  • To promote networking between Ph.D. students in the bone field.

6th International Workshop on Advances in Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics of Bone Disease
This workshop is intended to provide a basis for understanding the molecular mechanisms of action of drugs known to act on the skeleton, and a rational basis for developing novel therapies in the future, based on some of the remarkable recent advances in the genetics and biology of bone and the musculoskeletal system.
The workshop will be held immediately following the ECTS Ph.D. Training Course at St. Catherine’s College in Oxford, UK on June 28 – July 2, 2014.

The Paul Harris Fellow Award


Professor Ralph Nanan receiving the Paul Harris Fellow Pin from Associate Professor Sachin Lal

Congratulations to Professor Ralph Nanan, recognised by the Rotary Club of Penrith Valley with the Paul Harris Fellow in March 2014.

The Paul Harris Fellow recognition is The Rotary Foundation’s way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. It is named for the founder of Rotary, Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905.
Rotarians often designate a Paul Harris Fellow as a tribute to a person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives of the Rotary Foundation.

Awards Announced at the Annual Sydney Medical School Celebratory Dinner

The Stanwell Prize from the AMA Victoria

Professor Michael Cox and Associate Professor Guy Eslick

The Australian Sonographer of the Year, Pru Patten Award from the Australian Sonographers Association

Dr Ann Quinton

Exceptional Performance by Professional Staff

Ms Denise Thornhill - Executive Officer

Award to our Fracture Care and Prevention Program at Nepean Hospital


Our Fracture Care and Prevention Program at Nepean Hospital has been scored as Silver Grade 3 in fracture care and prevention by the International Osteoporosis Foundation and the World Health Organization program known as "Capture the Fracture".
We obtained silver in outpatients care and post fracture care (the most important categories) and received gold in inpatients and vertebral fractures care, which are the challenges for the near future.
Only three centres in Australia fulfilled the evaluation criteria to receive a significant score and Nepean is one of them.

We were the only Australian centre offering all the required services: Falls and Fractures Clinic, Fracture Prevention Program, Orthogeriatrics and Inpatients/Outpatients Falls prevention program.

I would like to thank my team for this accomplishment and the District and Hospital authorities for their support. Hopefully now that we have our own permanent Fracture Care Coordinator we will be able to move all categories into the Silver 1 score.
Please feel free to contacting me if further information is required: Geriatrics Professor and Director of The Aging Bone Program : Professor Gustavo Duque

Best wishes
Professor Gustavo Duque, Professor of Geriatric Medicine.

Journal of Cell Science Travelling Fellowship – Sandra Bermeo


The Editors of Journal of Cell Science and The Company of Biologists Limited awarded Sandra the full £2,500 to contribute towards her travel, fees and subsistence.
This is fantastic news as this is a very competitive travel grant!!

2013 Nepean Clinical School Tutor awards

2013 SMSN Tutor Awards

Photos of the Tutor Award Winners

SMSN Conferred Titles for 2013

SMSN Conferred Titles for 2013

2103 NMRF Scientific Day Awards

2013 Scientific Grant Winners
It was with pleasure that President Gwen McMaster-Fay, Vice-President Steve Welsh and Council Members of the Nepean Medical Research Foundation attended the Annual Scientific Day at the Nepean Clinical School on 8th November 2013. The continued generosity of our local Philanthropists, Service clubs and Community members has once again allowed the Nepean Medical Research Foundation to provide $106,780 for local Medical Research.

2013 NMRF Winning Grant Recipients

2013 NMRF Winning Grant Recipients

Dr Vlasios Brakoulias - New Australasian Psychiatry Journal Editor


Dr Vlasios (Bill) Brakoulias

Dr Bill Brakoulias has been appointed the editor of Australasian Psychiatry which is a publication of the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (see attached extract from the college).

I’m sure you’ll join me in congratulating Bill on his appointment, which is well deserved and a prestigious appointment.

Read More :
RANZCP Announcement 24Sep2013

Dr Benjamin Tang


Dr Benjamin Tang, a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Intensive Care Medicine Unit, located at Nepean Hospital, will investigate the causes of influenza pneumonia after being awarded a prestigious, and highly competitive, Clive and Vera Ramaciotti Foundation Award of $75,000 for his project entitled ‘Plasmacytoid dendritic cells in the pathogenesis of severe influenza pneumonia’.

Read More:
A step closer to beating the Flu

Krishanthi Gunaratnam


Krishanthi Gunaratnam obtained one of the competitive UPA (University Postgraduate Award) Scholarships.
Krishanthi is a PhD student working in the Ageing Bone Program.

Dr Habib Bhurawala - Excellent in Mentoring Award - 2013 by The Royal Australasian College of Physicians in Clinical and Professional Practice category.


Dr Habib Bhurawala, Staff Specialist/ Clinical Lecturer Paediatrics, has been awarded "Excellent in Mentoring Award" for 2013 by The Royal Australasian College of Physicians in Clinical and Professional Practice category.
“I feel this award is not a personal award but a recognition of excellent teaching and mentoring support we provide in general at Nepean Hospital and Sydney Medical School Nepean, to our junior doctors/trainees and medical students and in particular Department of Paediatrics. I hope this will encourage other clinicians/team members/academics to provide more support and mentoring to trainees/students within their respective departments.”
Dr Habib Bhurawala

The following link shows the award page on the RACP website which gives detailed information about award selection process and how competitive it is (one award in each category between Australia/NZ) and also only one award across whole RACP, various faculties and divisions (Adult Medicine division, Paediatrics division, occupational health, environmental health, sexual health to name few).

link to RACP website

Australian Sonographer of the Year - Dr Ann Quinton


Dr Ann Quinton, AMS,BApplSc(MRS)MHlthSc(ultrasonography)PhD(medicine) received the Australian Sonographer of the Year, Pru Patten Award at the ASA (Australian Sonographer’s Association) Awards on Saturday night.
Sonographers are nominated from each state in Australia. From the nominations, one person is awarded the State Sonographer of the Year Award. From these state awards, the Australian award is decided.
Congratulations to Ann, an excellent Sonographer, who combines her ultrasound work with research, teaching and community work. Ann is Senior Sonographer with the Nepean Centre for Perinatal Care, Nepean Hospital and Research Fellow with the University of Sydney.

Finalist for NSW Minister for Health / Investec Registrar of the Year - Dr Steven Joung


Dr Steven Joung was the Nepean Blue Mountains finalist for NSW Minister for Health / Investec Registrar of the Year

Sydney Medical School Celebratory Dinner Awards


L-R Sandra, Gustavo and Rhonda

Nepean had three awards presented at this year’s Sydney Medical School Celebratory Dinner held in McLauren Hall on 9th April.
Professor Gustavo Duque - Professor of Medicine Head, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Medicine & Director, Ageing Bone Research Program - received the prestigious inaugural Professor Philip Sambrook Award from Osteoporosis Australia and the Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society.

Ms Sandra Bermeo - PhD student in the Aging Bone Program – received the Young Investigator Award and the prestigious President’s Poster Competition Awards from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.

Ms Rhonda WillisExecutive Assistant for Nepean Clinical School – received the Sydney Medical School Award for Exceptional Performance by General Staff.

Research Awards


Dr. Christopher Vidal PhD - Research Officer Ageing Bone Research Program, won the RM Gibson Scientific Research Award from the Australian Association of Gerontology for his project entitled : “Development of a new biomarker for the diagnosis of frailty in older persons”

Chris also received a Rebecca Cooper Medical Research Foundation equipment/research grant for his project entitled: “The role of the nuclear envelope in age-related bone loss”

Summer Student Award


L-R A/P Eslick (Supervisor), Allison and Susan Dowd(coordinator)

We congratulate Allison Grech for being a finalist for the Deans Award for her Summer Scholarship project entitled"Hormones and the Risk of Barrett's Oesophagus and Oesophageal Cancer: A Meta-analysis” in the discipline of surgery under the supervision of Associate Professor Guy Eslick.
This is a great achievement to be selected from 80 students. Well Done!

Student Award

Ms Priyanka Dixit
Nepean Medical Graduate Priyanka Dixit from won the RANZCOG Women's Health Award prize for 2012 for her Honours project entitled “How common is pelvic floor muscle atrophy after vaginal birth”

The RANZCOG Women's Health Award was established in 2005 by the offer of an annual donation from The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. It is awarded for the best Honours project in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

2012 Stages1-4 Prizes


Mun Kit (Aaron) Wong, Phylannie Kiu Fung Cheung and Paul Khoi Dinh Nguyen


The 2012 Sydney Medical School Award for Exceptional Performance by General Staff

The Nepean Clinical School Education Team which consists of Biren Singh, Narelle Brown, Sarah Whereat and Tegan Bellamy won the 2012 Sydney Medical School Award for Exceptional Performance by General Staff


Sarah, Biren, Tegan and Narelle

Education and Tutors Awards

Research Awards

Geriatric Medicine

Associate Professor Gustavo Duque
Gustavo has been selected as the first winner of the Phil Sambrook Award from Osteoporosis Australia and the Australian New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society (ANZBMS) www.osteoporosis
It is a fitting honour that Gustavo is the first awardee of this prestigious Award.


Oddom Demontiero

The American Geriatrics Society 2012 New Investigator Award
Dr. Oddom Demontiero was selected as the winner of one of the prestigious 2012 New Investigator Awards from the American Geriatrics Society which is rarely given to non-Americans


Sandra Bermeo

Sandra Bermeo
Sandra, one of Gustavo's PhD students, has won the Presidential Poster Competition at the last meeting of the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research in Minneapolis. This is a very competitive award considering that more than 2,000 posters were presented at that meeting. Sandra gained the highest score for her poster entitled: Inhibition of Fatty Acid Synthase as a new treatment for osteoporosis in oophorectomized mice.