Awards and Recognition

  • Top Cited Article 2021-2022 (WILEY) – Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities: Applying the CRPD to People with Intellectual and Developmental Disability with Behaviours of Concern during COVID-19. Prof Karen Nankervis & Adj Prof Jeffrey Chan, University of Queensland.
  • Yooralla Staff Excellence Leadership Award, 2015

The Leadership Award, which is based on the Australian Leadership Capabilities Standard, was for employees who excelled in leadership and led the organisation through significant change. The winner of this year’s award was Adjunct Professor Jeffrey Chan, who was chosen from a very strong field of shortlisted nominees. Jeffrey Chan was recruited by Yooralla to lead the organisational response following a number of serious events with poor outcomes for some customers.  Jeffrey took on this role in a respectful and passionate manner, always placing the individual and customer at the centre of the reform program.  He is open and honest in analysing the issues and in taking accountability for making the necessary culture change at Yooralla.  Jeffrey was instrumental in the development of the framework for safeguarding customer human rights. The positive outcome of the recent Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) sponsored review by KPMG is a testament to Jeffrey’s leadership in developing and establishing the Safeguarding Framework across Yooralla.”

  • Australian Human Rights Award Finalist for Individual Community Category, 2010
  • Pride of Workmanship Award Ryde Rotary Club Australia for my work in rehabilitation, 2002
  • Outstanding Research Paper (MA Hons thesis) – ‘Gesture and word production in children with Down Syndrome’ – Augmentative and Alternative Communication Editor’s Award, 2001
  • Best Student Research Paper (B.App.Sc. final year project) – ‘Sources of anxiety related to clinical education in undergraduate speech-language pathology students’ at the Australian Association of Speech and Hearing National Conference, 1992.