Dr Benjamin Wei has won the Victorian Premier's Award for Health and Medical Research for 2008 for his work on preventing the risk of meningitis after cochlear implant surgery.
Victorian Premier John Brumby presented the award to Dr Wei today and said the award was for his discovery as well as his recommendations to prevent meningitis risk.
Advertisement"This work has had profound health outcomes as it provides potentially life-saving changes to the way that patients are managed," he said. "These include vaccinating people against meningitis at the time of their bionic ear implant and a set of formal guidelines associated with the design and surgical techniques used in cochlear implants."
Dr Wei received $16,000 and a trophy as a part of the award.