- AddressBaker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute
Professor Sandra Eades is a Noongar woman from Mount Barker, Western Australia, who became Australia’s first Aboriginal medical doctor to be awarded a PhD in 2003. A valuable 20-year contribution to the field of Aboriginal health research began in 1995 with Sandra’s membership of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Standing Committee for Aboriginal health. Consistent grants from the NHMRC since 2004 have enabled Sandra to lead the establishment of a large-scale Aboriginal adolescent cohort study, a smoking in pregnancy randomised controlled trial (RCT), multi-generational studies of foetal growth, and a cluster RCT of primary care intervention for Type 2 Diabetes. As a national leader in Indigenous health research, Sandra was named the NSW Woman of the Year in 2006; listed as one of 100 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who have achieved change in their communities by National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance in 2011; and awarded the 2012 Medical Journal of Australia prize for excellence in medical research. Sandra is the equity subeditor for the Australian-based journal Public Health Research and Practice and has published 61 peer-reviewed papers.