Previous winners of the MJA Prize for Excellence in Medical Research

MJA / MDA National Prize


Reducing medication errors in hospital discharge summaries: a randomised controlled trial
Erica Y Tong, Cristina P Roman, Biswadev Mitra, Gary S Yip, Harry Gibbs, Harvey H Newnham, De Villiers Smit, Kirsten Galbraith and Michael J Dooley
Med J Aust 2017; 206 (1): 36-39.
doi: 10.5694/mja16.00628 


SEPSIS KILLS: early intervention saves lives
Anthony R Burrell, Mary-Louise McLaws, Mary Fullick, Rosemary B Sullivan and Doungkamol Sindhusake
Med J Aust 2016; 204 (2): 73.
doi: 10.5694/mja15.00657


The crux of the matter: did the ABC's Catalyst program change statin use in Australia?
Andrea L Schaffer, Nicholas A Buckley, Timothy A Dobbins, Emily Banks and Sallie-Anne Pearson
Med J Aust 2015; 202 (11): 591-594.
doi: 10.5694/mja15.00103


Association between tobacco plain packaging and Quitline calls: a population based, interrupted time-series analysis
Jane M Young, Ingrid Stacey, Timothy A Dobbins, Sally Dunlop, Anita L Dessaix, and David C Currow
Med J Aust 2014; 200 (1): 29-32.
doi: 10.5694/mja13.11070


Acute coronary syndrome care across Australia and New Zealand: the SNAPSHOT ACS study
Derek P Chew, John French, Tom G Briffa, Christopher J Hammett, Christopher J Ellis, Isuru Ranasinghe, Bernadette J Aliprandi-Costa, Carolyn M Astley, Fiona M Turnbull, Jeffrey Lefkovits, Julie Redfern, Bridie Carr, Greg D Gamble, Karen J Lintern, Tegwen E J Howell, Hella Parker, Rosanna Tavella, Stephen G Bloomer, Karice K Hyun and David B Brieger
Med J Aust 2013; 199 (3): 185-191.
doi: 10.5694/mja12.11854


An intensive smoking intervention for pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women: a randomised controlled trial
Sandra J Eades, Rob W Sanson-Fisher, Mark Wenitong, Katie Panaretto, Catherine D’Este, Conor Gilligan and Jessica Stewart
Med J Aust 2012 197 (1): 42-46.


Increasing incidence of malignant mesothelioma after exposure to asbestos during home maintenance and renovation
Nola Olsen, Peter J Franklin, Alison Reid, Nicholas H de Klerk, Timothy J Threlfall, Keith Shilkin, Bill Musk
Med J Aust 2011 195: 271–274.

The MJA/Pfizer Australia Research Award


Single-dose azithromycin versus seven days amoxicillin in the treatment of acute otitis media in Aboriginal children (AATAAC): a double blind, randomised controlled trial
Peter S Morris, Gaudencio Gadil, Gabrielle B McCallum, Cate A Wilson, Heidi C Smith-Vaughan, Paul Torzillo, Amanda J Leach
Med J Aust 2010 192: 24–29.

The MJA/Wyeth Award


Effectiveness of point-of-care testing for therapeutic control of chronic conditions: results from the PoCT in General Practice Trial
Tanya K Bubner, Caroline O Laurence, Angela Gialamas, Lisa N Yelland, Philip Ryan, Kristyn J Willson, Philip Tideman, Paul Worley and Justin J Beilby.
Med J Aust 190: 624-626.


Significant reductions in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia and clinical isolates associated with a multisite, hand hygiene culture-change program and subsequent successful statewide roll-out
M Lindsay Grayson, Lisa J Jarvie, Rhea Martin, Paul D R Johnson, Meryanda E Jodoin, Celene McMullan, Roger H C Gregory, Kaye Bellis, Katie Cunnington, Fiona L Wilson, Diana Quin and Anne-Maree Kelly, on behalf of the Victorian Quality Council’s Hand Hygiene Study Group and Hand Hygiene Statewide Roll-out Group.
Med J Aust 188: 633-640.


Probiotic treatment of vancomycin-resistant enterococci: a randomised controlled trial
Karen J Manley, Margaret B Fraenkel, Barrie C Mayall and David A Power.
Med J Aust 186: 454-457.


A randomised controlled trial of hot water (45ºC) immersion versus ice packs for pain relief in bluebottle stings
Conrad Loten, Barrie Stokes, David Worsley, Jamie Seymour, Simon Jiang and Geoffrey Isbister.
Med J Aust 184: 329-333.


Efficacy of an alcohol/chlorhexidine hand hygiene program in a hospital with high rates of nosocomial methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection
Paul D R Johnson, Rhea Martin, Laurelle J Burrell, Elizabeth A Grabsch, Susan W Kirsa, Jason O’Keeffe, Barrie C Mayall, Deidre Edmonds, Wendy Barr, Christopher Bolger, Humsha Naidoo and M Lindsay Grayson.
Med J Aust 183: 509-514.


Preventing pressure ulcers with the Australian Medical Sheepskin: an open-label randomised controlled trial
Damien J Jolley, Robyn Wright, Sunita McGowan, Mark B Hickey, Don A Campbell, Rodney D Sinclair, Kenneth C Montgomery.
Med J Aust 180: 324-327.


Effectiveness of ototopical antibiotics for chronic suppurative otitis media in Aboriginal children: a community-based, multicentre, double-blind randomised controlled trial
Sophie Couzos, Traven Lea, Reinhold Mueller, Richard Murray, Margaret Culbong. Med J Aust 179: 185-190.


Sharing the true stories: improving communication between Aboriginal patients and healthcare workers
Alan Cass, Anne Lowell, Michael Christie, Paul L Snelling, Melinda Flack, Betty Marrnganyin, Isaac Brown.
Med J Aust 176: 466-470.


The effects of quality improvement interventions on inhospital mortality after acute myocardial infarction
Ian A Scott, Michael D Coory, Catherine M Harper.
Med J Aust 175: 465-470.


Reducing premature death and renal failure in Australian Aboriginals: a community-based cardiovascular and renal protective program
Wendy E Hoy, Philip R Baker, Angela M Kelly, Zhiqiang Wang.
Med J Aust 172: 473-478.


Impact of improved diagnosis and treatment on prevalence of gonorrhoea and chlamydial infection in remote Aboriginal communities on Anangu Pitjantjatjara Lands
Penny J Miller, Paul J Torzillo, Wayne Hateley.
Med J Aust 170: 429-432.


Outdoor air pollution and children's respiratory symptoms in steel cities of New South Wales
Peter R Lewis, Michael J Hensley, John Wlodarczyk, Ruth C Toneguzzi, Victoria Westley-Wise, Trevor Dunn, Dennis Calvert.
Med J Aust 169: 459-463.


A high incidence of melanoma found in patients with multiple dysplastic naevi by photographic surveillance
John W Kelly, Josephine M Yeatman, Cheryl Regalia, Grahame Mason, Amanda P Henham.
Med J Aust 167: 191-194.


An outbreak of Japanese encephalitis in the Torres Strait, Australia, 1995
Jeffrey Hanna, Scott A Ritchie, Debra A Phillips, Jack Shield, M Clare Bailey, John S Mackenzie, Michael Poidinger, Bradley J McCall, Phillip J Mills.
Med J Aust 165: 256-260.


Gastric emptying in acute overdose: a prospective randomised controlled trial
Susan M Pond, David J Lewis-Driver, Gail M Williams, Adèle C Green, Noel W Stevenson.
Med J Aust 163: 345-349.

In 2007, the MJA interviewed key researchers from 12 award-winning studies, inviting them to tell us the behind-the-scenes stories of their research and the impact their work has had since publication. They gave 12 very different but often strikingly similar stories — stories of curiosity, innovation, purpose, determination and teamwork, as well as some significant concerns about the future of medical research in Australia:

Sharing the secrets of success: conversations with the Medical Journal of Australia / Wyeth Research Award winners, 1995–2006
Ann T Gregory, Ruth M Armstrong, Tanya D Grassi and Martin B Van Der Weyden
Med J Aust 2007; 187 (11/12): 637-644.