WorkSafe Victoria, together with the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (AFOEM) and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Occupational Medicine (ANZSOM) are proud to support the annual Kevin Sleigh Memorial Lecture, delivered in honour of our esteemed colleague and friend Dr Kevin Sleigh and celebrating the qualities that Kevin brought to the profession of occupational medicine.
The Inaugural Kevin Sleigh lecture and dinner was held on Monday 19th August to recognize Kevin Sleigh’s contributions to AFOEM (RACP), ANZSOM and Worksafe Victoria and was a celebration of his professional legacy.
The lecture topic, ‘Through the looking glass – return to work in mental health from different perspectives’, was presented by Dr Dielle Felman, Mr Mark Belanti and Dr Andrea James. The evening was also attended by Kevin’s wife Val and family. Val presented the Kevin Sleigh Medal to Dr Dielle Felman.
Pictured (left to right): Val Sleigh, Beata Byok, Andrea James, Mark Phillips, Melinda Miller, Mark Belanti, Dielle Felman, James Chan.
Kevin Sleigh’s contribution to occupational medicine through his involvement with not just the AFOEM trainees but to GP’s and other occupational health professionals is well regarded and recognised. To honour Kevin's contribution, the Kevin Sleigh Memorial Presentation was established in 2019, to allow the winner of the “Ramazzini Prize” for the best scientific paper by an AFOEM Trainee to present their paper to ANZSOM delegates at our Annual Scientific Meeting.
In 2019 the Kevin Sleigh Memorial Presentation was supported by Sonic HealthPlus and was presented by 2019 Ramazzini Prize winner, Dr Bianca Cheong.
In 2016 the award for best paper submitted at the Annual Scientific Meeting was introduced to recognise excellence and originality in the research and practice of occupational health. The award is named in honour of long standing member and respected educator David Goddard, and is presented annually at the ASM.
The Hugh Denehy oration was presented for the first time at the 2006 ANZSOM Annual Scientific Meeting to celebrate the memory of one of ANZSOM's founding members, and one of its greatest proponents. The oration was established in his memory in perpetuity, and is presented annually at the ASM.