Among the recipients is Dr Rose Cairns, who was named the NSW Young Tall Poppy of the Year for 2023. She was recognised for her recent work on medicine safety, which involves ensuring medication is appropriately labelled and administered to prevent accidental or deliberate poisoning.
Dr Cairns cited alarming statistics such as poisoning being the primary cause of hospitalisation for self-harm in Australia and poisoning deaths now outnumbering the road toll and disproportionately affecting the young.
Dr Stephanie Partridge, Dr Giselle Yeo, Dr Jonathan Danon and Dr Clément Canonne joined Dr Cairns in being celebrated for their research, enthusiasm and contributions to the future of science, engineering, medicine and health.
The five University of Sydney researchers each took home Young Tall Poppy Awards at a ceremony in Sydney on 13 September.
The awards are given annually by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science (AIPS), and recognise early career researchers who have made outstanding achievements in their fields. The NSW Young Tall Poppy of the Year is announced during the ceremony, chosen from the state’s 12 winners.
The Young Tall Poppy winners will receive opportunities to further share their research through media, networking, training, public engagement and education.