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Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services researcher Erica Spry recognised with UWA award

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KAMS Aboriginal Senior Research officer Erica Spry.
Camera IconKAMS Aboriginal Senior Research officer Erica Spry. Credit: Csmith Photography/Csmith Photography

A Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service researcher has been recognised for her pivotal contributions to Aboriginal health research, receiving the University of WA’s Vice-Chancellor’s Indigenous-led Research Award.

KAMS Aboriginal senior research officer Erica Spry received the award at the UWA Research Awards on November 20 for excellence and her commitment to community engagement.

KAMS chief executive Vicki O’Donnell said Ms Spry’s work exemplified the value of leadership at KAMS.

“We are incredibly proud of Erica’s achievement; this award recognises her personal accomplishments and the collective effort towards better health outcomes for Aboriginal communities,” she said.

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“Her work in the Be Healthy Program and as a Research Fellow at the Rural Clinical School of Western Australia is a testament to our commitment to Aboriginal community control and Kimberley Aboriginal communities.

“Erica embodies our vision where all Kimberley Aboriginal people are empowered to be strong, healthy and connected. We are grateful for Erica’s contributions.”

Ms Spry also led KAMS’ ORCHID study which develops algorithms to improve predicting the development of and screening for diabetes during pregnancy in rural communities.

She also played a notable role in the development and implementation of the Kimberley Mums’ Mood Scale, enhancing understanding and care in maternal mental health.

The University of WA’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Amit Chakma said the awards celebrated the achievements of outstanding staff members at various levels of their careers.

“I congratulate all of the winners and thank them for their contributions, commitment and dedication to their fields of research,” he said.

“These awards recognise excellence; this recognition is important for us to celebrate UWA research and the staff who make that possible.”

UWA’s annual Research Awards recognise the diverse career paths of UWA researchers and support staff and celebrate the impact of their work in regional communities and beyond.

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