Professor Power (left) with Professor Paul Dietze and Dr Robyn Dwyer at the launch of the North Richmond Public Injecting Impact Study - Community Report in 2013.
By Lydia Hales
Congratulations to Professor Robert Power, the recipient of the 2014 Fenner Award.
The Fenner Award is presented to a Burnet Institute staff member whose work has made a major contribution towards our mission of achieving better health for poor and vulnerable communities and is named in honour of Australian virologist, the late Professor Frank Fenner AC.
Professor Power will present the Fenner Lecture at Burnet on Tuesday 9 September, entitled “Implementing research to further development: drugs, sex and participatory approaches.”
The Lecture will explore the complex and fruitful relationship between research and practice in the development context, especially the role of social behavioural research in HIV prevention. He will draw on a wide range of examples, paying special attention to his work on adolescent reproductive health and his 30-year focus on harm reduction among marginalised populations.
Burnet Director and CEO, Professor Brendan Crabb said Professor Power joins an esteemed list of Fenner Award recipients who have each contributed outstandingly to the Institute’s mission.
“Professor Power has been an outstanding contributor over many years at Burnet through his technical advisor roles, research work, and more recently as Head of the Centre for International Health,” he said.
“As a social scientist, Professor Power has focused on community-level public health interventions and research into social determinants of health among marginalised populations.”
Professor Power has worked in the field of HIV prevention and social behavioural research since 1985, including several posts within Medical Schools in the University of London.
He has consulted in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, the Balkans, South-East Asia and China, and was instrumental in developing rapid assessment methodologies, completing such studies in Croatia and Egypt, the Czech Republic and Vietnam.
Professor Power is also the Technical Director on Australian Aid’s HIV prevention bilateral in Indonesia, as well as Program Director for Australian Aid’s Tibet Health program.