UA Staff - Young Professional of the Year
University of Adelaide academic Dr Eleanor Parker has recently been named Australia's 2007 Young Professional of the Year by Professions Australia.
Dr Parker, 29, is a lecturer in the School of Dentistry who previously worked as a clinical dentist in Port Augusta. She lived in Port Augusta for a number of years after graduating from the University of Adelaide in 2000 and played a significant role in establishing a dental service for the Aboriginal community within the Pika Wiya Health Service.
Dr Parker returned to the University of Adelaide in 2006 and is now the co-ordinator of first year clinical practice. However she still has strong links with Pika Wiya through her research and assists the current staff with planning and recruitment.
Dr Parker was nominated by the Australian Dental Association and was chosen from what the President of Professions Australia, Mr Frank Payne, described as "a particularly strong field".
The award is intended to encourage and recognise the achievements of young professionals who have demonstrated a noteworthy commitment to excellence and innovation and worked to promote their profession as a whole. Professions Australia is the business name of the Australian Council of Professions.