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.


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 Simon Chapman AO
  • Professor Robert Beaglehole
  • Dr Michelle Scollo
  • Professor Mike Daube AO
  • Dr Lyn Roberts AM
  • Mr Terry Slevin
  • Mr Todd Harper

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

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: 18 Feb, 2016