Margaret Kelaher is a health services and health policy researcher. She is head of Evaluation and Implementation Science Centre for Health Policy, School of Population and Global Health University of Melbourne. She has also held the Directorship of the Centre for Health Policy. She has established an international reputation in research to improve health equity. Her main contributions include demonstrable policy change and methodological innovation to better inform policy. For example, her work has informed successive programs to improve access to medicines among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Margaret’s work has been at the forefront in trying to improve health benefit for Aboriginal Australians, by exploring issues of equity, cultural respect and considering the ways in which interventions can best serve the community. For example, some of her work explores ways to improve access to healthcare for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and she helped develop the Ways of Thinking, Ways of Doing to embed cultural respect into routine clinical practice. Her achievements have been recognised with an NHMRC Sidney Sax Fellowship, Australian Young Tall Poppy award, NHMRC Career Development award, VicHealth senior research fellowship and an ARC Future fellowship.