Nigel Gray Award for Achievement in Tobacco Control

Not everyone's achievements in tobacco control are publicly acknowledged. This biennial Award has been established by Cancer Council Victoria in recognition of our unsung heroes. It's peer-nominated, with applications judged by a committee of experts. The recipient will be announced at the Oceania Tobacco Control Conference.

To submit a nomination please email Erika.Meyer@cancervic.org.au.

The closing date for 2017 applications was close of business 11 August 2017.


Selection criteria

The Nigel Gray award recognises an individual's contribution in tobacco control, with a bias towards recognition of relatively ‘unsung heroes'. The award is open to anyone working in tobacco control in Australia or New Zealand who has demonstrated:

  • significant contribution to achievement in tobacco control at a local, regional or international level
  • skill in application or generation of evidence and argument for tobacco control
  • an understanding of advocacy, and political nous
  • creativity, and
  • persistence.

Selection committee

  • Professor Robert Beaglehole
    School of Critical Studies in Education
    University of Auckland
  • Shane Bradbrook
    Senior Public Health Advisor
    Regional Public Health
    Wellington Region, New Zealand
  • Professor Simon Chapman AO
    Department of Public Health and Community Medicine
    University of Sydney
  • Professor Mike Daube AO
    Professor of Health Policy
    Curtin University of Technology
  • Todd Harper
    Chief Executive Officer
    Cancer Council Victoria
  • Dr Michelle Scollo
    Senior Policy Adviser, Tobacco
    Cancer Council Victoria
  • Denise Sullivan
    Director Chronic Disease Prevention
    Department of Health
    Western Australia
  • Maurice G Swanson
    Chief Executive
    Heart Foundation

Previous winners

2005: Ms Michelle Scollo

2007: Professor Melanie Wakefield and Dr Caleb Otto

2009: Professor Konrad Jamrozik and Mr Shane Bradbrook

2011: the Hon. Nicola Roxon

2013: Associate Professor Vicki White and Professor Robert Beaglehole

2015: Ms Denise Sullivan and Mr Maurice Swanson

2017: Ms Kylie Lindorff

Kylie and Mr Maurice Swanson, Chief Executive Heart Foundation at the OTCC Tasmania 2017.

Kylie and Mr Maurice Swanson, Chief Executive Heart Foundation at the OTCC Tasmania 2017.

Dr Nigel Gray

Nigel John Gray, AO, was a pioneer of tobacco control both nationally, and internationally. Appointed Director of the then Anti-Cancer Council of Victoria in 1968, Dr Gray recognised tobacco as a key issue and his life's work in pursuing tobacco control has been ground-breaking.

Nigel Gray, AO

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Updated: 24 Oct, 2017