Physiotherapy alumnus named 2009 Young Tall Poppy

9 December 2009

Former staff member and alumnus of the Faculty, Dr Julie Redfern has been recognised for her outstanding contribution to research by being awarded a winner of the 2009 Young Tall Poppy Science Awards for NSW and ACT.

Prof Kathryn Refshauge, Dr Julie Redfern & Prof Ben Freedmen at the Awards Ceremony
Prof Kathryn Refshauge, Dr Julie Redfern & Prof Ben Freedmen at the Awards Ceremony

"The Young Tall Poppy Science Awards recognise early career researchers who have achieved significant scientific milestones," said Australian Institute of Policy and Science Executive Director, Elektra Spathopoulos. "The winners represent the brightest researchers investigating the important issues that benefit all Australian such as improved health treatments and finding renewable energy solutions."

Also recipient of the 2009 Faculty of Health Sciences Alumni Award for professional achievement, Dr Redfern is an innovative and accomplished researcher, dedicated to improving the effectiveness of interventions in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Her current work focuses on cardiovascular disease prevention and aims to help patients who survive a heart event but who do not participate in an existing prevention program.

Dr Redfern is among a pool of 18 tall poppy award winners from across all areas of science who will spend the next year reaching out to teachers, school students, their parents and the broader community as part of the Tall Poppy Campaign.

"The Awardees are passionate about the need to be role models for school students and encourage them to think seriously about pursuing science in senior school, and into their tertiary education," explained Ms Spathopoulos.

The NSW/ACT Young Tall Poppy Awards are supported by the NSW Government through Industry and Investment NSW's Office for Science and Medical Research as part of Science EXPOSed.