Medical science scholarship supports research on Indigenous health

August 30, 2019
Funding received by Matthew Hare will help to address the growing burden of diabetes, particularly among Aboriginal Australians.

The Academy has awarded the 2019 Douglas and Lola Douglas Scholarship to Dr Matthew Hare for his research on intergenerational metabolic health in Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

The scholarship will help Dr Hare, a senior registrar in the Endocrinology Department of Royal Darwin Hospital and PhD candidate at Menzies School of Health Research, to complete his PhD.

‘It’s a great privilege to receive this academic support from the Academy and I hope to honour Lola Douglas’s legacy through my research. This funding will aid our work at Menzies which aims to better understand and address the growing burden of diabetes and its complications across the lifecourse and across generations, particularly among Aboriginal Australians,’ Dr Matthew Hare said.

The scholarship is funded through a bequest from the estate of the late Lola Douglas.

The Douglas and Lola Douglas Scholarship is offered as a ‘top-up’ scholarship to a high-ranked PhD candidate awarded a National Health and Medical Research Council Training Scholarship in either Indigenous or primary health care, with preference given to Indigenous health research.

It is awarded initially for one year (currently $7000 per annum), with funding available for a maximum of two years. The award covers costs of small items of equipment, research materials, travel, or research assistance.

The scholarship is made possible through a generous bequest made by Lola Rachel Maude Douglas.

More information on the scholarship and previous recipients

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