COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - HMRI 'Tomorrow Makers' Win Grants

Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland)—I acknowledge the achievements of two Hunter Medical Research Institute researchers who have been named among 40 "tomorrow makers" by the AMP Foundation and will receive grants to further their work.


Recipient Dr Joel Petit tragically lost two young friends to bowel cancer. This experience motivated him to develop a blood test for colorectal cancer, which can often be treated with success if discovered early. The University of Newcastle PhD student will use his grant of $57,000 to fund further research into this important area.


Dr Myles Young, who is a HMRI and University of Newcastle researcher, has won $55,000 to further his work into providing programs that improve the physical and mental health of men. Dr Young is particularly interested in providing support to men in regional and remote areas, and giving men tools to feel mentally well, lose weight, become more active and improve their diets. He says that the goal is to help men improve their health and wellbeing without eating like rabbits or completely overhauling their lifestyles.


Congratulations on your achievements and this deserved recognition, Myles and Joel.