Sandra Eades

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Sandra Eades
Born Mount Barker, Western Australia
Nationality Aboriginal
Occupation Physician, professor, researcher
Known for 2006 NSW Woman of the Year

Sandra Eades (born 1967) is a Noongar physician, researcher and professor, and the first Aboriginal medical practitioner to be awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy in 2003.[1] She was also recognized as the NSW (New South Wales) Woman of the Year for 2006.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Sandra Eades was born in Mount Barker, Western Australia and at the age of 12 moved to Perth with her family.[2] In primary school she wanted to be a doctor but thought she would not have that opportunity as an Aboriginal girl.[2] In 1985, at the age of 17, she arrived at University of Newcastle as one of four Aboriginal students selected for a special program to study medicine.[2]


Eades worked in the public hospital system after graduating from medical school, and was a general practitioner with the Aboriginal Medical Service for seven years.[2] She began her career researching the epidemiology of Indigenous child health in Australia at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research.[1] Her first research opportunity into causes of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in Aboriginal infants in Western Australia, was introduced to her by 2003 Australian of the Year, Fiona Stanley.[2] She has been recognized for "identifying links between social factors such as housing and infant health".[3]

As Head of Indigenous Maternal and Child Health, and Associate Head of Preventative Health Research at Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute,[1] Eades has been the recipient of a number of grants for research in Indigenous health studies.[4] She is a Senior Research Fellow at The Sax Institute in Sydney,[2] and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney.[5]


Sandra Eades's work in pediatric and perinatal epidemiology has improved the lives of Aboriginal women and children.[3]

  • 2005: Deadly award for Outstanding Achievement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, which she dedicated to her three-year-old child.[6]
  • 2006: NSW Woman of the Year.[2] Nominated by Frank Sartor, the Minister for Science and Medical Research.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Professor Sandra Eades". Telethon Institute for Child Health Research. Retrieved September 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "NSW Women" (PDF). Office for Women. August 5, 2006. p. 5. Retrieved September 14, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d Davies, Anne; Cubb, Ben (9 March 2006). "Aboriginal doctor honoured for medical research". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Ellis, Tracey (October 2010). "e-news Volume 3". Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute. Retrieved September 14, 2012. 
  5. ^ "DR SANDRA EADES". The University of Sydney. Retrieved September 14, 2012. 
  6. ^ "A healthier tomorrow for our children". Issue 104. Deadly Vibe. October 1, 2005. Retrieved September 14, 2012.