Awards and Recognition

2022 WHO European Regional Obesity Report referenced the Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered program

The program featured in this report as an example of an inspirational and effective initiative to promote physical activity that has been implemented around the world.

2021 HMRI Research Team Award

This award recognises an outstanding team of researchers who has collectively demonstrated excellence in health and medical research for the wellbeing of our communities.

2021 University of Newcastle, Work Integrated Learning Staff Member of the Year Award 

Prof. Philip Morgan was the 2021 winner of this award for his University course EDUC4017 'The Daughters and Dads program: optimising children's physical activity and well-being'. This award celebrates the professional learning experiences and partnerships that prepare students for success and recognises outstanding achievement in the delivery of meaningful and consequential Work Integrated Learning experiences for students.

2021 International Green Gown Award "Highly Commended" in the category of ‘Benefiting Society’. 

Supported by the United Nations environment program, the Green Gown Awards recognise exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by the world's universities and colleges and put every learning institution at the heart of delivering the UN Global Goals. 

The 'Benefiting Society' category recognises the powerful and innovative ways education institutions are working to benefit the lives of individuals, communities and wider society. 

2020 Australasian Green Gown Award in the category of ‘Benefiting Society’ - judges awarded the Daughters and Dads program winner of this category stating the program is 'a fantastic example of innovation that truly benefits society'.

2020 University of Newcastle, Faculty of Education & Arts Excellence Award for Collaboration and Engagement

2019 International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) Conference: Children and Families Specialist Interest Group Best Paper Award (Mid/Late Career Researcher) for the presentation: 'Better together: Investigating the holistic benefits of father-daughter co-physical activity with mediation analyses'.

2018 Australian Sports Medicine Federation Fellows Award: ASICS Medal for overall best paper at the ASICS Sports Medicine Australia (SMA) Conference for the presentation: 'Better together: Investigating the holistic benefits of father-daughter co-physical activity with mediation analysis'.

This presentation was also awarded Best Paper in the Physical Activity and Health Promotion category of the SMA conference.

 2017 National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) Play Your Part Award recognising outstanding initiatives that promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people across the country.  The award was presented in Canberra by His Excellency Sir Peter Cosgrove - Governor-General of Australia, in August 2017.

The Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered project team of (L-R) Ms Kristen Saunders, Ms Emma Pollock, Dr Alyce Barnes, Prof. Philip Morgan, Prof. David Lubans, Dr Myles Young and Ms Stevie-Lee Kennedy are pictured with Port Waratah CEO, Mr Hennie du Plooy (holding the award) at Government House, Canberra.

 2015 Best Paper – Physical Activity and Health Promotion' at the National ASICS Sports Medicine Australia Conference for the presentation 'Engaging dads to increase physical activity and well-being in girls: The DADEE (Dads And Daughters Exercising and Empowered) Randomised Controlled Trial'.

Professor Philip Morgan with Mark Doherty, General Manager of ASICS Oceania, at the 2015 ASICS Sports Medicine Australia Conference, Gold Coast, Queensland (pictured right bottom).


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