Alumni Award for Professional Achievement

Excellence in industry, professional and research sectors
This award recognises outstanding achievements of alumni in their professional fields. This category is very broad in recognising achievements from an individual’s profession.

To be eligible, nominees must meet the following selection criteria:

  • Nominees must have graduated from the University of Sydney.
  • Nominees must demonstrate significant achievement in industry, professional and research sectors.

2023 winner


Professor Elizabeth Elliott wins Alumni Award for Professional Achievement

Dr Elizabeth Elliott's (MBBS '80, MD '92, MPhil '09) dedication to the field of paediatrics has helped to shape policy, improve health outcomes and secure a brighter future for some of our most disadvantaged children.

About Dr Elizabeth Elliott

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery '80, Doctor of Medicine '92, Master of Philosophy (Public Health) '09
Distinguished Professor, Paediatrics and Child Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health

Dr Elizabeth Elliot (AM FAMHS FRSN FRACP FECPCH FRCP) is much more than a paediatrician; she is a remarkable research leader, public health advocate, and a beacon for global change.

Her work on Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is recognised as world-leading, and she has built a reputation as a leader in the research and management of FASD, rare childhood disorders and child health in developing communities. She is a powerful human rights advocate, and her dedication to the wellbeing children in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and refugee children living in detention has drawn the attention of both government agencies and the general public.

She currently serves as a Consultant Paediatrician at Sydney Children's Hospital Network and a Medical Research Futures Fund Fellow, leaving an indelible mark on the world's most vulnerable populations and reshaping healthcare on a global scale. Elizabeth's vision for improving lives continues to drive her toward a brighter, healthier future for all.

Taking risks and embracing opportunities are often the most fulfilling parts of your work, and the most beneficial to others
Dr Elizabeth Elliott