Bendigo and Shepparton / Familiar face on campus awarded big prize for her Aboriginal childrearing research

We love when superstar staff and students win the recognition they deserve!

Take Dr Mishel McMahon, for instance.

The researcher and proud Yorta Yorta woman Dr Mishel McMahon is a familiar face at both Bendigo and Shepparton campuses. She’s also just been announced the inaugural Aboriginal Researcher award recipient at the prestigious Victorian Premier’s Awards for Health and Medical Research.

A researcher in social work and Indigenous Academic Enrichment Advisor for La Trobe University’s Shepparton campus, Dr McMahon was awarded a $5000 cash prize at a Federation Square ceremony on the weekend.

The award recognises Dr McMahon’s exceptional work on the principles of First Nations childrearing which provides the healthcare profession with a greater understanding of Aboriginal parenting.

“I’m honoured have been recognised for my contribution to deepening understanding of Aboriginal childrearing, which dates back thousands of years,” Dr McMahon said.

“I hope my research will improve understanding of Aboriginal childrearing within policy and practice and deliver positive outcomes for both Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal families and children.”

In response to the news, La Trobe University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous) Professor Dennis McDermott offered his congratulations to Dr McMahon on winning this significant award.

“Mishel’s findings on First Nations childrearing has the potential to have great impacts on Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal parenting,” Professor McDermott said.

“Communicating so effectively with First Nations community leaders has resulted in a deeper understanding for the health profession.

“In addition to her research, Mishel plays a crucial role as Indigenous Academic Enrichment Advisor for La Trobe’s Shepparton campus, where she encourages the Indigenous community to consider studying at La Trobe and then provides important pastoral care and guidance while they are students with us, helping them succeed.

“We couldn’t wish for a stronger role model than Mishel for our students.”

We know you’ll join with us in sending Dr McMahon a big old-fashioned La Trobe congratulations!