And the winner is … innovation! Central Adelaide wins two Premier’s Excellence Awards 2023

Researchers and clinicians from Central Adelaide Local Health Network won two Driving Innovation prizes in the 2023 Premier’s Excellence Awards.

The innovation categories recognise public servants who have demonstrated commitment and support for new ideas and experimentation or found new ways to solve problems to deliver for South Australia and its future prosperity.


Advancing radiotherapy in SA

Winner of the Driving Innovation – Individual award, Associate Professor Alexandre Santos is a senior CALHN medical physicist. Since 2010, he has developed and commissioned novel technologies and treatment techniques to advance radiotherapy in SA.


A/Prof Santos also won Young Professional of the Year in the 2023 SA Health Awards.


New therapies for hard-to-treat cancers

Winner of the Driving Innovation – Team award, Professor Michael Brown and the RAH Immuno-Targeted Cancer Therapies team designed, advanced and translated world-first new therapies for brain and pancreatic cancers – diseases for which current treatment options are extremely limited.

Based on the science of the immune system, the candidate therapies have progressed to four early-phase clinical trials.



Professor Brown and his team were also finalists in the Innovator of the Year Award at the 2023 SA Science Excellence + Innovation Awards.

Congratulations to all winners and finalists of the 2023 Premier’s Excellence Awards, operated by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment.