Dairy Australia's sustainability manager Helen Dornom has been recognised for her long-standing work in the dairy industry by the International Dairy Federation.
Ms Dornom, who is Dairy Australia's Manager Sustainability including Food Safety & Integrity, received the award for her outstanding contribution to progress in dairying worldwide.
The award was presented on Wednesday at the IDF World Dairy Summit 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey.
Ms Dornom has a long history in the dairy industry and joined Dairy Australia when it was formed in 2003, having been chief executive officer of the Australian Dairy Industry Council and executive director of Australian Dairy Products Federation. She also previously worked for CSIRO.
During her career, Ms Dornom has focused on sustainability, research and development, issues management, supply chain, regulatory standards, policy frameworks and export facilitation.
She works with the Global Dairy Sustainability Framework and Sustainable Agriculture Initiative and has developed guides for the IDF and Food and Agriculture Organisation on good dairy farm practices and prudent use of antimicrobial agents.
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Dairy Australia managing director Dr David Nation said the organisation was delighted Ms Dornom's many years of work with the IDF had been recognised with this award.
"Through her role in helping to co-ordinate the Australian Dairy Industry Sustainability Framework, she continues to make a significant contribution to the sustainability of dairy farming in Australia," he said.
Ms Dornom was one of four honoured with awards at the summit for their leadership, dedication and commitment to the sector.
The UK Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) won the International Milk Promotion Group (IMP) Yves Boutonnat Trophy Award for its successful marketing campaign "The department of dairy-related scrumptious affairs".
The award is a means of showcasing the best generic advertising campaigns.
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Cary Frye was awarded with the IDF Prize of Excellence 2019 for her outstanding contribution to the work of the IDF for over two decades.
Her work for the IDF has included chairmanship of the US National Committee and a role on the IDF Board of Directors.
The winner of the IDF Leader Recognition Award 2019 this year is Dr Kieran Jordan, Teagasc, Ireland for his role as chair of the standing committee on microbiological hygiene between 2016 and 2018.
The award was created to increase the recognition of experts for their exemplary involvement and leadership in IDF Work.
IDF president Dr Judith Bryans said all the award winners were dairy champions who work tirelessly to promote dairy all over the world.
"Whether it's being creative, offering high-level strategic and technical advice, or helping the IDF to communicate more effectively with the wider dairy sector, each of these winners has played a key role in ensuring the interests of the industry remain centre stage," she said.
"Their commitment to the global sector is resolute and is deeply appreciated."
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