Flinders public health academic Dr Lillian Mwanri (pictured) has received a Champions Award at the inaugural African Australian Awards ceremony held at the Sydney Opera House on August 25.
The awards showcased the most influential African Australians and acknowledged the contributions they have made to Australia.
One hundred awards were presented at the event, representing areas including medicine, the arts, sports, business and law.
“It was a fantastic celebration with over 1000 people attending, and I was honoured to receive such an award. It was great to be recognized for the work I do within the community,” Dr Mwanri said.
“We know there are many more African Australians who contribute positively to their communities; they may not have been identified at this stage, but this celebration was about them too.”
Dr Mwanri is the course coordinator for the Masters of Health and International Development within the Discipline of Public Health at Flinders, and is a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (FAFPHM).
Her research focuses on public health and social issues, particularly relating to CALD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) migrants.
Dr Mwanri is also the Public Health Consultant to the African Communities Council of South Australia and works extensively on settlement programs as well as bidding for grants to deliver public health programs specifically for African Australians, many of whom are refugees.