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.
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:
2005: Ms Michelle Scollo
2011: the Hon. Nicola Roxon
2013: Associate Professor Vicki White and Professor Robert Beaglehole2015: Ms Denise Sullivan and Mr Maurice Swanson
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.