Previous recipients and nominees
Presidents Award Finalists 2019
Professor Dominique Cadilhac - VIC - Winner
Since 1998, Professor Cadilhac has made important contributions to the Stroke Foundation in both health services research and public health policy. Following a two-year secondment from the Royal Melbourne hospital to conduct and complete a large multicentre study in Victoria to compare different models of acute hospitals care, she was employed as their first Manager, Health Services Unit, whereby she was responsible for overseeing Stroke Foundation research programs with local and international investigators and facilitated consultancies with external agents. In addition, she worked directly with the Chief Executive Officer, policy advisers and public health officers on public health initiatives including tenders and work with State and Commonwealth Governments (1999-2001). Late 2001, she was promoted to a dual role as Manager-Public Health Division for the Stroke Foundation and subsidiary company, the National Stroke Research Institute. In 2004, she commenced a PhD and dedicated her primary focus to fulltime research. All her research is applied to ensure a practice or policy outcome and has directly involved the Stroke Foundation as a consumer in this work.
A/Professor Mark Brooks - VIC
Associate Professor Mark Brooks is an inspiration to all stroke clinicians. He has worked tirelessly for more than 20 years in the treatment of stroke patients pioneering interventional treatments which are now the mainstay of therapy (Endovascular clot retrieval which is now the gold standard of stroke therapy). Since 2009 Mark has worked, initially as the only doctor on call 24/7 all year round helping to build the Austin Hospital stroke service. In 2015 the hospital did 15 procedures. In 2018 the hospital did more than 100 improving the outcomes for many of these patients and preventing permanent morbidity and mortality. Mark has worked tirelessly to help build the Clot Retrieval Service to what it is today. He is a dedicated clinician. Further he has mentored junior staff through his teaching and research. He is a man of integrity, compassion and has sacrificed much.
Tony Finneran - NSW
Tony is a stroke survivor after a debilitating stroke on Easter Sunday 2013. Goal setting was a major factor in Tony's journey and since the stroke he has written four books about the Australian Bus and Coach Industry, which he has lived and breathed for 40 years or so.
He is a member of the Stroke Foundation Consumer Council, Bankstown Lidcombe Community Committee, the Secretary and acting Treasurer for the Bankstown Stroke Recovery Club as well as participating in various hospital Specialist training roles as a patient, as required. He also has a regular segment on 90.1FM Community Radio discussing stroke issues.
The stroke has not disempowered him. In fact, the opposite is true, it has empowered Tony and made him realise that this was his journey and thankfully for his Army Training, it has given him the ability to adjust and overcome with the assistance of very capable professionals at Bankstown Hospital.