Promoting health equality
Doctor of Medicine
Bachelor of Medical Science
Since completing a Doctor of Medicine program at Griffith University, Dr Elizabeth Hamilton has been interning at Townsville Hospital, writing award winning essays and presenting at international conferences; all whilst maintaining her role as Director of Ubuntu Through Health, a position she held until the end of 2018.
Her involvement with Ubuntu Through Health began during her days studying at Griffith. An initiate of the Griffith student club 'Hope4Health', key activities of the Ubuntu Through Health program included delivering aid to South Africa, Ghana, Kenya and East Timor. Elizabeth has played an instrumental role in further developing the impact of Ubuntu, including establishing a partnership in East Timor to support midwife training, tuberculosis diagnoses and treatment, and lifesaving paediatric surgery.
She has presented Ubuntu’s projects at two global health conferences. One of these projects won 'Best International Health Project of the Year'.
In the year following her graduation, Elizabeth was one of three medical students who had the opportunity to present her Ascona Prize winning essay at the International Balint Congress at Oxford University in 2017. The reflection piece on her doctor and patient experience from her final year of placement in Rural Queensland has gained the recognition of the International Balint Federation and fellow health professionals
In 2018 Elizabeth was awarded the prestigious 2018 Queensland Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University. With a goal to contribute to Global Health, she set off to Oxford to complete a Master of Science in Global Health Science and Epidemiology.
“Through my study at Oxford University I hope to become an integral part of the change needed to make meaningful and sustainable impact on people’s lives and live out a dream of improving the human condition through reducing health inequity,” Dr Hamilton said.
Inspiring future generations, Ms Hamilton continues to give back to the community by tutoring Griffith medical students undergoing rural placements and frequently presenting motivational talks to students at All Hallows' School.