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Annual Awards

Each year we celebrate the achievements of people or organisations that have raised awareness of muscle, bone and joint conditions, or have had a positive impact on people living with these conditions.

Read below to find out more about these awards and to see past award recipients.

Dr Helen Moran Gift

Dr Helen Moran’s career as a rheumatologist and distinguished service to her patients continues to be remembered and honoured by the establishment of The Dr Helen Moran Gift. Awarded annually by MOVE, it encourages the career of emerging rheumatologists and early career researchers to undertake clinical, epidemiological or health services research in musculoskeletal health.


Dr John Moi: 'Back pain Assessment Clinic (BAC) based in Primary Care – a safe, effective and cost-saving model. Results of a 12-month pilot project' 


Dr Kimberley Ting: ‘Prevalence and Associations of Gout and Hyperuricaemia: Results from an Australian Population-based Study'. 


Dr Alannah Quinlivan: 'Cost savings with a biomarker-based screening algorithm for pulmonary arterial hypertension in systemic sclerosis'. 


Dr Andrew Teichtahl: 'The relationship between weight loss and reduced cartilage loss in the medial knee joint is linear in obese people'. 


Dr Sern Chin Lim, Dr Jane Munro, Dr Roger C Allen and Dr Jonathan D Akikusa: 'Case mix in paediatric rheumatology: implications for training in Australia'.

Dr Helen Moran (23/03/1947 – 23/03/2007)

Born in 1947, Dr Moran excelled at school and went on to study medicine at The University of Melbourne in 1963. From 1970-1975 she worked at St Vincent’s Hospital where she rose to the positions of Chief Registrar and Rheumatology Registrar. She then moved to the United Kingdom where she practiced adult and paediatric rheumatology at the Medical Research Council Rheumatism Unit at the Canadian Red Cross Hospital, Taplow. Dr Moran also worked as a research fellow at Taplow, Northwick Park and at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street. On her return to Melbourne, Dr Moran worked at St Vincent’s Hospital as a senior lecturer, assistant physician to out-patients and assistant rheumatologist. In 1982 her interest in children led to a position as Consultant Physician at The Royal Children’s Hospital. She also established a practice at The Royal Melbourne Hospital where she worked until she passed away in 2007. Dr Moran was actively involved in research projects throughout her career, generally undertaken pro-bono and in her own time. She was highly regarded for her involvement in a study of chondrocalcinosis in the elderly and her participation in the development of clinical pathways for patients with osteoarthritis. Dr Moran served a term as president for the Victorian branch of the Australian Rheumatology Association (ARA) and maintained an ongoing role with the association in various capacities. She was also on the federal council of the ARA. Her patients remember her as a caring and dedicated doctor who would see them at her busy practice in East Melbourne and Moonee Ponds or on her regular visits to Mildura. Her colleagues admired and respected her, and all appreciated her skills, enthusiasm and her warmth.

Lorin Prentice Memorial Award

Lorin developed rheumatoid arthritis in the early 1960’s, a few months after the birth of her fourth child. After taking part in a self-management course, she realised that having a chronic and debilitating condition gave her a new perspective on the world. She became determined to raise awareness of the significance of muscle, bone or joint conditions with the wider community.

Through her work with the media and in her public speaking roles, Lorin gained enormous joy. Her death in 1997 was sudden and unexpected, but her spirit and work lives on in the Lorin Prentice Memorial Award. This award was initiated by her daughters in perpetuity and is an annual award for a person or group who has made an outstanding contribution to raising public awareness of muscle, bone or joint conditions.

Recipients of the Lorin Prentice Award

2014 Recipient: The Australian Financial Review 

The Lorin Prentice Award for 2014 was awarded to the Australian Financial Review for their Healthcare 2.0 campaign. It was accepted by Patrick Durkin, Australian Financial Review Melbourne Bureau Chief. 

Past Recipients

 2013: Professor Peter Ebeling; Body+Soul (Herald Sun & Sunday Herald Sun) 

2012: Professor Peter Choong; Dr Alex Stockman 

2011: Dr Paul Lam; Mark Holden 

2010: Professor Richard Osborne

Margaret Strang Award

This award, established by Dr Roderick Strang in memory of his wife Margaret, is awarded to people who have made an outstanding personal achievement in the face of difficulty resulting from their muscle, bone or joint condition.  


Nominees need not be members of MOVE. Up to two nominations may be made in any year.

Recipients of the Margaret Strang Award

2014 Recipient: Thalia Salt 

Ten year old Thalia, who has lived with juvenile arthritis since she was 10 months old, has been an outstanding fundraiser and promoter of public awareness over the past year. After seeing Arthritis Awareness Week advertised in her local health centre calendar, Thalia organised her own fundraising cake stall at the Riddell’s Creek Farmers Market. Her main motivation was to explain to people that kids get arthritis too and that it can affect them in many ways. Since then she has been involved in several other community fundraisers and has helped launch MOVE’s children’s book The Worst Pain in the World. 

Past Recipients

2013: Nicole Yeomans

2012: Renate Kupfer; Melissa Coulson 

2011: Dr Jane Munro; Shelagh Mason-Jones 

2010: Naomi Creek

Mollie Riches Award

Mollie Riches moved to Melbourne after the death of her husband Les. In Melbourne she was involved in volunteering and organising with the 1956 Olympics, and 1958 Empire Games, as well as fundraising for many community causes. 

In 1965 she became a patient of Dr Les Koadlow who offered her a challenge: you’ve done so much fundraising for other causes, why don’t you do something for people with arthritis? In the late 1960s Dr Koadlow, his secretary Alice Petty and Mollie Riches established the Rheumatism and Arthritis Association of Victoria, which eventually became MOVE. 

An advocate for peer support groups, she established the Mollie Riches Trophy in 1972 celebrating groups that have made a significant contribution to raising community awareness of muscle, bone and joint conditions, provided quality support and furthered its own growth.

Recipients of the Mollie Riches Award

2015: Young Adults with Arthritis+ Support Group; Young Women’s Arthritis Support Group 

2014: Moe/Narracan Arthritis Self Help Group; Frankston FMS/CFS Self Help Support Group 

2013: Bairnsdale Fibromyalgia Peer Support Group; Ballarat Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Self Help Group 

2012: Glen's Goldies - Yarra Junction; Narre Warren Arthritis Self Help Group 

2011: Pakenham Arthritis Self Help Group Inc; Bendigo Arthritis Support Group

Outstanding Service Award - Peer Support Groups

Awarded to Peer Support Group members who have offered meritorious service, this award allows us to recognise achievements such as holding office with particular distinction and inspiring others to help with the work of the Peer Support Groups.

Recipients of the Outstanding Service Award for 2015

  • Patrick Lakey - Bendigo Arthritis Club

  • Helen Grainger - Bendigo Arthritis Club

  • Valerie Coghill - Bendigo Arthritis Club

  • Jenny Rainsford - Bendigo Arthritis Club

  • Georgina Petterson - Bendigo Arthritis Club

  • Shayne Van Der Heide - Ankylosing Spondylitis Victoria

  • Mike McKenzie - Ankylosing Spondylitis Victoria

  • Betty Bence - Warragul Arthritis Self Help Group

  • Jane Mulloy - J.A.M Support Group

  • Stephanie Powell - Young Adults with Arthritis+ Support Group

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