Public health physician Moira McKinnon is one of two winners of the prestigious 2011 Calibre Prize for an outstanding essay.
McKinnon’s essay “Who killed Matilda?” is based on her years as the main adviser on communicable diseases for the Department of Health and Ageing, and the ABR says it is about an Indigenous story.
According to the ABR website, McKinnon was born and trained in Western Australia, and is currently the Chief Medical Health Officer for the Province of Saskatchewan in Canada.
Her essay will appear in the ABR’s July-August issue – a shame we have to wait so long for the read.
Almost 300 essays were submitted for the prize, which is presented by the Australian Book Review and the Copyright Agency Limited’s Cultural fund. McKinnon shares the $10,000 prize with Dean Biron, a former detective now working with the Queensland Children’s Commission.