This prestigious medal is presented in memory of Howard Williams, a great paediatrician at The Royal Children’s Hospital from the late 1930’s to the 1980’s.
Inspired by the vision that the health of children was the basis for the health of the nation, Howard devoted his career to the advancement of paediatrics. He was one of the first to see that it was necessary to establish paediatrics as an independent medical discipline, and that its future leaders, should be trained in both high quality research and exemplary clinical care.
“As a recipient of this award, Dinah’s outstanding contribution to paediatrics and child health in Australia, in particular the passion and commitment she has shown for the clinical care of children with disabilities, is duly recognised,” said Director Kathryn North.
As Group Leader of Developmental Disability and Rehabilitation Research group at MCRI, Dinah has an impressive 155 peer reviewed publications (141 articles in refereed journals, 14 book chapters) and has won 92 research grants.
Dinah is the Founder of the Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, a multidisciplinary organisation committed to advancing knowledge about physical disability in childhood. She also established the Centre for Developmental Disability Research named “Solve! At the RCH".
At the heart of Dinah's committment to these significant endeavours are the individual achievements of young people with cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities.
Dinah says it is the courage and determination of these young people, and also the love and commitment shown by thier parents that drives her life-changing research.
"My ultimate goal is to increase knowledge about the causes of disability, to gain a further understanding of optimal treatments and improved ways of helping children and their families. I envisage a future where every individual child with cerebral palsy is fully included in society, participating in all activities at home, at school and in the community and having an excellent quality of life," said Professor Reddihough.
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