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.
"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
Dr Wei received $16,000 and a trophy as a part of the award.