Waller Award for a significant contribution to the development of harm
reduction policy and practice in the UK.
At the 2002 UKHRA
conference a new award, to be named after its first recipient was announced
by the UKHRA committee, and the inaugural Tom Waller award was presented
by Jon Derricott.
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Smith was presented with the award in recognition of
all his work to further the aim of harm reduction. Sadly, Ian died
in late 2004. The award was presented at the 16th International
Conference on the Reduction of Drug Related Harm and was collected
on Ian's behalf by his 10 year old son Billy, who gave a deeply
Ian and his work can be found at: http://www.lifeline.org.uk/archive_iansmith.html
Nelles. Bill was presented with the 3rd Tom Waller
Award by Gerry Stimson for his skill, patience, diplomacy and plain
hard work in building The Alliance (formerly the Methadone Alliance),
the organisation of which Bill has been Chief Executive since 1998.
Bill is leaving the UK for what he hopes will be a quieter life in
Canada, with his partner John, our best wishes go with them.
Chris Ford. Chris was given the 2003 Tom Waller
Award for her tireless efforts to improve drug treatment both for
her patients through her well known and excellent general practice
in central London, and through work with the Alliance, SMMGP and the
inauguaral award was given to Dr Tom Waller
for many years service to the field and has fought tirelessly for
sane drug policy, good clinical practice and an effective response
to hepatitis C. The award has been named after Tom in recognition
of this outstanding contribution to the field.
In late November
2003, after a long illness borne with huge courage and dignity, Tom sadly
died. He had felt honoured to receive the award and particularly to have
it named after him.
for Tom were published in various newspapers and magazines.
To download Tom's obituary in the BMJ (125KB), click
Vice-Chair wins 2005 IHRA Rolleston Award
manager of Railway Street Addiction Service in Ballymena Northern
Ireland and UKHRA vice-chair was presented with the national Rolleston
Award at the 16th International conference on the Reduction of Drug
Related Harm, held in Belfast in March 2005.
Des gave a
characteristically thoughtful and challenging acceptance speech.
Harm Reduction Association Rolleston Awards are presented each year
to people who have made an outstanding contribution to reducing
drug or alcohol related harm.
which were inaugurated at the 1992 conference in Melbourne, are
presented at the International Conference on the Reduction of Drug
are named after Sir Humphrey Rolleston , President of the Royal
College of Physicians who chaired the UK Departmental Committee
on Morphine and Heroin Addiction. In 1926 this committee determined
that it was legitimate medial practice to prescribe heroin or morphine
to people dependent on those drugs. This decision epitomises a benign,
pragmatic and humane approach to drug problems, and was a landmark
event in the history of harm reduction.
Rolleston Award is awarded to an individual or organisation making
an outstanding contribution to harm reduction at a national level.