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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 GROUP ALUMNI
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.
2018 OUTSTANDING FIRST PEOPLES HEALTH ALUMNUS
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
2017 OUTSTANDING HEALTH GROUP 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2016 Outstanding Health Alumni Awards
2016 Outstanding Health Alumnus
2016 Outstanding Young Alumnus
Dr David Houston
2016 Outstanding First Peoples Health Alumnus
2016 Outstanding HDR Health Alumnus
2016 Outstanding Health School Alumni
Allied Health Sciences
Dentistry and Oral Health
Dr Ajitha Sugnanam
Human Services and Social Work
Dr Lise Johns
Dr Dan Donner
Nursing and Midwifery
Ms Emily Tarrant and Ms Gillian Hermosilla-Silva
The Health Group Outstanding Alumni Awards celebrate the outstanding success of our graduates.
2020 nominations opening soon