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Mary Paton Research Award

 Mary Paton

The Mary Paton Research Award was established to honour the founder of the Australian Breastfeeding Association (formerly the Nursing Mothers' Association of Australia), Mary Paton OAM (pictured).

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The award is a biennial award for breastfeeding research and in 2013 was kindly sponsored by the College of Lactation Consultants Victoria Inc.

Submission guidelines

See the Mary Paton Research Award submission guidelines for the next submission deadline, eligibility, judging criteria, format of paper and details of how to submit a paper.

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 The Mary Paton Research Award is proudly sponsored by Ardo -  distributed by JB Medical Supplies

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Previous winners

The winner of the 2015 Mary Paton Research Award is Nicole Bridges, School of Humanities and Communication Arts, Western Sydney University, for her original research The faces of breastfeeding support: Experiences of mothers seeking support online.







2003 and earlier

Photograph of Mary Paton: courtesy Prue Carr 2004