The Immunisation Awards
The New Zealand Immunisation Conference Academic and Planning Committees are pleased to announce the inaugural Kereru and Kokako Immunisation Awards. The Immunisation Advisory Centre and the Ministry of Health would like to acknowledge significant contributions made in the field of immunisation and vaccine-preventable disease control through two Immunisation Achievement Awards: an Academic Research Award and a Service Delivery and Practice Award. These Awards are to be granted once every two years in conjunction with the New Zealand Immunisation Conference.
The Kererū Immunisation Award for Academic Research
The Kererū Award is provided in memory of Professor Diana (Dinny) Lennon ONZM. Dinny had a high profile and impressive portfolio as an academic researcher in the field of preventable infectious diseases, both in New Zealand and internationally. Her work contributed to introduction of a vaccine against Haemophilus influenzae type b and leading work on vaccines to control epidemic meningococcal disease in New Zealand.
The Kōkako Immunisation Award for Service Delivery and Practice
The Kōkako award is provided by the Ministry of Health as direct acknowledgement of the contribution immunisation makes towards the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders. In particular it acknowledges the role of service delivery and practice as the crucial link between population health and whānau.
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Eligibility and Selection Criteria
The Awards will be presented to a person or group who through research or practice has advanced the prevention and control of vaccine-preventable diseases at the population level within New Zealand. The recipient(s) will:
- be citizens or permanent residents of NZ.
- have an outstanding track record in immunisation or vaccine-preventable disease control, or
- is an emerging researcher in immunisation or vaccine-preventable disease
- have undertaken a substantial part of his or her work in New Zealand.
Nominees must be actively engaged in at least one of the following activities:
- Research about immunisation, vaccines or vaccine preventable diseases that makes a contribution to the health of a significant population group and/or the knowledge about vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases;
- Advocacy for the adoption of policies or programmes relevant to immunisation affecting the health of a significant population group;
- Implementation of a programme that has had significant impact on immunisation coverage or awareness, or providing an implementation model for others to follow;
- Health promotion relating to immunisation and vaccine preventable diseases.
Nominations are made by a second party with the agreement of the nominee, providing comprehensive written evidence of contributions and how criteria for eligibility are met. A summary of no more than 1200 words should be submitted to address achievements and activities, including details of two referees in a position to comment on these criteria.
The nominations will be assessed by a panel of three to five individuals convened by the New Zealand Immunisation Conference Academic and Planning committees.