PHILA Awards 2015

The Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA) would like to invite nominations for the 2015 PHILA Awards – the PHILA Annual Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The PHILA Annual Award

This award honours excellence and commitment to public health. This award will be given to an individual in recognition of a specific and significant contribution to public health research, advocacy, education or service in South Africa during the past five (5) years.

The PHILA Lifetime Achievement Award

This award will honour an individual for a life time of commitment to public health. This individual should have made an exceptional and significant contribution to public health research, education or service in their lifetime.

Individuals should have fundamentally advanced public health in South Africa and be acknowledged by peers. Specific criteria for this award include:

  • At least 20 years’ experience in South Africa in public health.
  • Exceptional and demonstrable accomplishments, beyond the requirements of their employment, as a public health practitioner.
  • Outstanding leader in public health and whose quality of work continues to raise public health standards and to whom colleagues in the field look up to as a role model.
  • High standard of professionalism and a track record of building public health capacity o younger individuals.
  • Influence of the individual’s work in health policy/ health services in South Africa or beyond.

Award winners

2013: Prof John Gear

2014: Prof William Pick and Prof David Sanders

Please note that nominees for the Lifetime Achievement Award, if not selected in one year to be a recipient of the award, will be entered into a pool of potential nominees to be considered in subsequent years.

Additional Criteria

Members of the PHASA Awards Committee and current PHASA Executive Board Members are not eligible for the awards.

Nature of the Award

The award will be presented at the 2015 PHASA conference in Durban. Both the annual and lifetime achievement awards will consists of a trophy and a certificate.

In additional, PHASA will arrange the travel and two nights’ accommodation for the winners to the PHASA conference.

Winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award will receive a lifetime membership to PHASA.

Nomination process

Nominees should please complete the nomination form. The following should be included with the nomination form

  • Resume of the nominee
  • Two additional letters of support

Being a PHASA member is not a requirement for either the nominee or the person nominating.

Selection process

All nominations will be reviewed by the PHASA Awards Committee in July 2015. The PHASA Awards Committee reserves the right not to make any award if the nominees are not suitable and may, in exceptional circumstances, make two awards in each category. The winners will be notified on or before the 7 August 2015 and will be announced at the 2015 PHASA Conference.

Deadline: 30 June 2015.

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