unaaThe United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) has awarded Dr. Catherine Hamlin with the ‘UNAA Lifework Award 2017’. Dr. Catherine is recognized for dedicating her life and work to restoring the health and dignity of more than 50, 000 Ethiopian women who have survived a horrendous and preventable childbirth injury-obstetric fistula. Together, with her husband, Reg, Dr. Hamlin has dramatically transformed the maternal healthcare landscape for women of Ethiopia.


The purpose of the UNAA Lifeworks Awards is to recognize ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Established in 1946, the UNAA endeavors to inform, inspire and engage all Australians regarding the work, goals, and values of the United Nations to create a safer, fairer and more sustainable world.