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Branko Cesnik Awards

The Branko Cesnik Awards recognise the best submitted academic/scientific papers

Presented at the annual conference of AIDH – Health Innovation Community (HIC)

About the awards

The Branko Cesnik award recognises the best submitted academic and student academic papers for HIC, AIDH’s annual conference.

  • Best Academic/Scientific Paper
  • Best Student Academic/Scientific Paper

Paper Submissions are subject to a double-blind peer review as per the review guidelines. The winner is determined by the review score and the presentation of the paper at the HIC conference.

Selection & review process
  • All papers submitted to the HIC conference clinical and industry streams automatically become a candidate for these awards.
  • Submitted papers must be original work and not previously presented before (although material that has been presented at a conference outside Australia will be considered, provided the paper is not identical to any that has been previously published).
  • Student authors must be enrolled at a higher education institution in a part or full time capacity AND be principal author (first named author) and also the presenter.
  • The award comprises 50% submitted paper review score by Reviewers and 50% presentation score by the relevant Awards Committee.
  • The Branko Cesnik Awards Committee comprises a minimum of three (3) but ideally five (5) people, including the HIC Academic & Scientific Program Co-Chair, a representative from the Australasian Institute of Digital Health and at least one other to participate in the selection process for each award. They will review the presentations onsite.
  • Shortlisting is compiled from the highest scoring five (5) academic papers for both awards during the general submission review process.
  • Authors of the highest scoring five (5) academic papers for both awards notified via email of their shortlisting for presentation assessment at the HIC Conference.
  • Notified authors must accept or decline the shortlisting via email to AIDH within seven (7) days.
  • Submitted papers of accepted shortlisted authors and proposed presentation details distributed to BC Awards Committee members.
  • BC Awards Committee members review listed presentations and submit scores to the assigned AIDH staff member within two (2) hours of assessment.
  • The author and student author with the highest scores are deemed the award winners.
  • If two (2) authors in either category are given the same total highest score, a joint award shall be recommended.
  • All successful recipients will liaise with AIDH Marketing staff to promote their awards widely, including in the media, and their names will be placed on the AIDH website Awards page.
Award presentation

Successful recipients will be notified and presented with a trophy and certificate during the HIC conference program.

About Branko Cesnik

Branko CesnikBranko Cesnick (1956-2007) was one of the founding members of the:

  • Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA)
  • Asia Pacific Association of Medical Informatics (APAMI)
  • Australian College of Health Informatics (ACHI).

He was also a member of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) Board, participating in several roles such as Vice-President of Membership and Senior Editor of the MedInfo98 Conference Proceedings (Korea). He later established the then Centre for Medical Informatics which became a renowned facility for postgraduate health informatics distance education.

His acknowledged leadership and vision were instrumental in laying the foundation for health informatics developments “Down Under” that occasioned MedInfo07 in Australia.

Past winners

2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 HIC not held these years
2019 Best Scientific Paper A/Prof Kerryn Butler-Henderson, RMIT University   
2019 Best Student Paper Timothy Kariotis, The University of Melbourne   
2018 Best Scientific Paper A/Prof Melissa Baysari, Macquarie University
2018 Best Student Paper Sami Alkhatib, The University of Melbourne
2017 Best Scientific Paper A/Prof Kerryn Butler-Henderson, FAIDH, CHIA, University of Tasmania   
2017 Best Student Paper Jessica Chen, Macquarie University
2016 Best Scientific Paper Dr Sazzad Hussain, CSIRO   
2016 Best Student Paper Alex Thomas, CHIA, Department of Health & Human Services
2015 Best Scientific Paper Dr Dana Bradford, Australian E-Health Research Centre (CSIRO)
2015 Best Student Paper Dr Jaime Garcia, University of Technology
2014 Best Scientific Paper Dr Mary Lam FAIDH, CHIA, University of Technology, Sydney
2014 Best Student Paper Hamish Thornburn, University of Queensland
2013 Best Scientific Paper Dr Andrew Georgio, FAIDH Centre for Health Systems & Safety Research
2013 Best Student Paper Dr Alison Craswell, University of Wollongong
2012 Best Scientific Paper Prof Jim Warren, University of Auckland
2012 Best Student Paper Dr Jaime Garcia, University of Technology
2011 Best Scientific Paper Jude Michel, Queensland Health
Michael J Lawley, Australian E-Health Research Centre (CSIRO)   
Amy Chu, Queensland Health
John Barned, NEHTA
2011 Best Student Paper Ying Xia
Vivian Cheung
Elsa Garcia
Dr Hang Ding   
Mohan Karunaithi
All from the Australian E-Health Research Center (CSIRO)
2010 Best Scientific Paper Johanna Westbrook, FAIDH   
Connie Lo CHIA,
Margaret Reckmann
William Runciman
Jeffrey Braithwaite   
Richard Day
All from the University of Sydney
2010 Best Student Paper Yulong Gu
Jim Warren
Karen Day
All from the University of Auckland, New Zealand
2009 Best Scientific Paper Dr Nicola T. Shaw
Anjali Kulkarni Rebecca L. Mador
All from the University of Alberta, Candada
2009 Best Student Paper Manal Helal , Australian E-Health Research Center (CSIRO)

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