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Our alumni work in roles as varied as policy advisers, opinion leaders, medical professionals, scientists, dentists, allied health professionals, psychologists, sports professionals and pioneering social change advocates. We continue to be amazed by their impressive achievements, which we showcase annually at our Outstanding Health Alumni Awards Presentation.

We encourage you to join our alumni community and participate in professional development activities, network, access careers services and alumni benefits, share research and expertise, and engage in social events.

2019 Outstanding Health Alumnus

Dr Barry Kirby AO graduated from Griffith University's Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours) in 1995 and became a general practitioner specialising in obstetrics.

Having been inspired to work in maternal health by a traumatic incident he witnessed in Papua New Guinea (PNG) Barry now lives in PNG and is working with the Australian maternal health charity Send Hope Not Flowers to address maternal mortality in Papua New Guinea. He also started The Hands of Rescue (THOR) Foundation, whose primary focus is on achieving safe motherhood for the women of PNG.

2019 Outstanding Young Health Alumnus

Dr Elizabeth Hamilton graduated with First Class Honours and a University Medal from the Griffith School of Medicine last year, after completing a Bachelor of Medical Science in 2012, and intends to pursue a Master of Science in Global Health Science and Epidemiology at Oxford University; with a goal of working in a global health organisation such as WHO.

Elizabeth was the 2018 Rhodes Scholar winner for Queensland, previous president of Hope4Health and worked for four years as Director of Ubuntu Through Health, which delivers aid projects in South Africa, Ghana, Kenya and Timor-Leste (East Timor).

2019 Outstanding International Health Alumnus

Aaron Bailey works at Queen's University in Kingston, Canada as part of its Regional Assessment and Resource Centre, having completed his Bachelor of Human Services at Griffith University in 2012.

Having been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) combination type, a learning disability in mathematics, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and depression, Aaron has helped develop and create a transition resource guide to help students with disabilities transition into post-secondary institutions in Ontario

2019 Outstanding First Peoples Health Alumnus

A proud Ngunnawak woman, Cassandra Nest is currently the only Aboriginal midwife working in the Midwifery Group Practice at the Gold Coast University Hospital and one of only three indigenous midwives working in the Gold Coast area. She graduated from the Griffith University Bachelor of Midwifery program in 2012.

A lecturer at Griffith University, she is an advocate for indigenous midwives for indigenous women and has worked with the Australian College of Midwives (ACM) to support awareness initiatives in South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales.


2018 Outstanding Health Alumnus

Gabrielle Quilliam is an international thought leader in paediatric palliative care, and with her husband, co-founded the only children's hospice in Queensland, Hummingbird House. Ms Quilliam is a non-executive director of Health Consumers Queensland and a non-executive director of the international charity, Butterfly Children's Hospice. She is also a foster parent caring for complex needs children.

2018 Outstanding Young Health Alumnus

Ajitha Naidu Sugnanam is squadron leader in the Royal Australian Air Force and one of only a handful of dentists Australia-wide to hold the position. She has volunteered her services in Vietnam, India and Cambodia, assessing and treating hundreds of children, and in 2014, went on a humanitarian mission to Nepal to teach medical interns dental procedures.

2018 Outstanding International Health Alumnus

Shirley Tay is director of nursing at Mount Alvernia Hospital in Singapore, and part of the hospital’s executive team, dedicated to building affordable and safe healthcare. Ms Tay is also involved in the hospital’s outreach programs that care for the underprivileged in Singapore and Cambodia.


One of less than 20 male Aboriginal registered psychologists nationally, and a strong Gamilaroi man, Clinton Schultz founded, Marumali Consultations, providing culturally responsive social and emotional wellbeing support services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Mr Schultz consults on organisational cultural responsiveness and on the Queensland Child Deaths Case Review Panel. He also mentors Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and university students.

2018 University Winner for Outstanding First Peoples Alumnus Award

Clinton Schultz


Shelley Roberts Alumni

2017 Outstanding Health Alumnus

Dr Shelley Roberts graduated from Griffith University with a Master of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2009 and a PhD in 2015. Shelley is leading the development, evaluation and translation of an innovative new technology to engage hospitalised patients in their nutrition care.

Dr Mohit

2017 Outstanding Young Health Alumnus

Dr Mohit Tolani graduated as a dentist from Griffith University in 2016.This year Mohit started the ‘SheppHealth’ project, delivering dental and general health information to high-school and TAFE students in the Greater Shepparton region. He also provides a regular mobile dental service to elderly residents where access to this service is unavailable.

Karl Andriessen

2017 Outstanding International Health Alumnus

Karl Andriessen graduated with a Master of Suicidology from the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, Griffith University in 2006. Karl has been working in suicide prevention-postvention nationally and internationally for 30 years.

Ms Rochelle W

2017 Outstanding First Peoples Health Alumnus

Rochelle Pitt graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing from Griffith University in 1996. As a Renal Care Nurse and Coordinator, Rochelle has made outstanding contributions to Aboriginal communities. For over 25 years, Rochelle has integrated her music and work  to support personal and community health.

Dr Allison Milner

2017 Outstanding Higher Degree Research Alumni

Dr Allison Milner was awarded her Ph.D from Griffith University in 2010. She is the National Academic Director of Mates in Construction, an internationally recognised suicide prevention program for males employed in the construction industry, and has published over 100 papers.

Remarkable Alumni

Our former students, near and far, are making a huge mark on the world. These are some of their stories.

2016 Outstanding Health Alumni Awards

2016 Outstanding Health Alumnus

Dr Ajitha Sugnanam

2016 Outstanding Young Alumnus

Dr David Houston

2016 Outstanding First Peoples Health Alumnus

Dr Michael Baker

2016 Outstanding HDR Health Alumnus

Dr Karen Struthers

2016 Outstanding Health School Alumni

Allied Health Sciences

Mr Brady Schulz

Applied Psychology

Ms Susie Upton

Dentistry and Oral Health

Dr Ajitha Sugnanam

Human Services and Social Work

Dr Lise Johns

Medical Science

Dr Dan Donner


Dr Samarra Toby

Nursing and Midwifery

Ms Emily Tarrant and Ms Gillian Hermosilla-Silva


Mr Saneil Chand

Recognising Alumni

The Health Group Outstanding Alumni Awards celebrate the outstanding success of our graduates.

2020 nominations opening soon