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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.

Are you, or do you know an outstanding alumnus?

Nominate for 2017 Outstanding Health Alumni Awards

2016 Outstanding Health Group Alumni Award Winners

Outstanding Health Alumnus of the Year

Dr Ajitha Sugnanam

Ajitha graduated with a Graduate Diploma of Dentistry in 2010 and after graduation took up her position within the Australian Defence Force. In 2014 she received a Commendation from the Commanding Officer of Expeditionary Detachment. Ajitha was recently promoted to Squadron Leader in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), one of only four active dentists to hold such a distinction. She is currently providing her professional dental service supporting 43 nations on the NATO base in the Middle East.

Intertwined with this remarkable achievement is her provision of humanitarian support in remote areas of India, Nepal and Cambodia through her organisation of health camps, which she self-funds.

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Outstanding Young Alumnus of the Year

Dr David Houston

Dave graduated in 2008 in the foundation class of Griffith’s Dentistry program.

Dave is now Operations Manager and CEO of three practices in Queensland employing 10 dentists, several of whom are Griffith graduates.

Dave has also co-founded a successful online market place and education platform for dental clinics around Australia to compare and order dental supplies.

Outstanding First Peoples Health Alumnus of the Year

Dr Michael Baker

Michael graduated from the School of Dentistry and Oral Health in 2015 with the Graduate Diploma of Dentistry and has established himself as an inspirational professional dentist and young Aboriginal man. He has played a key role in inspiring other dentists to participate in the treatment and care of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people.

Michael, an Indigenous Birri-Gubba-Yuggera man, was instrumental in setting up a free dental clinic in remote Cherbourg through Hope4Health and now runs a successful dental practice in Toowoomba where he continues to provide free dental services for local charities and both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

Michael was recognised for his efforts by being selected as a Queensland finalist in the 2016 Young Australian of the Year Awards as well as taking out the Colgate Award for Commitment and Dedication to Rural, Remote and Indigenous Oral Health in 2015.

Find out more about Dentists Michael Baker and David Baker

Outstanding Higher Degree Research Health Alumnus of the Year

Dr Karen Struthers

Karen completed her PhD through the School of Human Services and Social Work in 2016.

Karen is a leader in human services delivery and public policy. She has been instrumental in elevating domestic violence as a major public health issue, and gender equality as an economic and social issue. Her success includes appointment as a Queensland Cabinet Minister in 2009 when she led a major review of domestic violence and the Advance Queensland Women, an economic strategy for women.

Find out more about social worker, Karen Struthers and gender equity

2016 Outstanding Health School Alumni

Mr Brady Schulz, Allied Health Sciences

Brady graduated from the School of Allied Health Sciences in 2009 with a masters degree in nutrition and dietetics. While a student Brady started the company 'Healthy Lifestyles Australia' to provide a multidisciplinary and patient-centred health service to patients with chronic illness and musculoskeletal problems. Today Healthy Lifestyles Australia operates in 85 centres, employs 25 staff and provides the most current and effective treatment for people living in rural, remote and metropolitan areas of Queensland.

Find out more about allied health graduate Brady Schultz

Ms Susie Upton, Applied Psychology

Susie graduated with a First Class Honors degree in psychology in 2006. She is co-founder of the service Child Aware, a counselling and psychology service committed to delivering knowledge, support and equity for people most in need. In 2015, Susie was named Queensland Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year, an award that recognised Susie’s passion and professionalism in the area of children’s mental health and safety.

Find out more about psychology graduate Susie Upton, Child Protection

Dr Ajitha Sugnanam, Dentistry and Oral Health

Also awarded overall 'Outstanding Health Alumnus of the Year', see above.

Find out more about dentistry graduate Ajitha Sugnanam

Dr Lise Johns, Human Services and Social Work

Lise graduated with a First Class Honours degree in social work in 2007 and a PhD in 2014. Lise is a skilled and passionate advocate for patient rights especially in the area of palliative care where she has been awarded for her outstanding service. Lise is also an outstanding educator, contributing to the competence and resilience of our social work students through her passion, wisdom and experience.

Dr Dan Donner, Medical Science

Dan graduated with a Masters in Medical Research in 2010 and PhD in 2015. He cofounded SkyGen a free dedicated service for uninsured orthopaedic patients in Australia and New Zealand; featured in the media for the company’s success in slowing the public surgery waiting lists.

Dr Samarra Toby, Medicine

Sam graduated in 2008 as part of the first cohort of Griffith University medicine students. Sam is a Gangulu woman who has worked for the federal government in Indigenous Health Policy and now as a General Practitioner working toward improving First Peoples health outcomes in Brisbane and in rural and remote Queensland. Through personal contact with Autism Spectrum Disorder Sam more recently developed a package called ‘Dr Sam’s Autism toolkit’ to raise awareness and support more affordable resources in Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Find out more about First Peoples Indigenous GP and ASD advocate Samarra Toby

Ms Emily Tarrant, Nursing and Midwifery (Midwifery)

Emily graduated with a Bachelor of Midwifery and Master of Primary Maternity Care in 2012 and 2016. Since graduating Emily has attained influential senior midwifery roles within the Gold Coast Hospital & Health Service, a significant achievement in a short time frame. In her role as Practice Development Midwife, Emily leads the introduction of changes to clinical practice and ensures the implementation of evidence based practice.

Ms Gillian Hermosilla-Silva, Nursing and Midwifery (Nursing)

Gillian completed her Bachelor of Nursing and Masters of Midwifery in 2005 and 2006 and is the driving force behind a community outreach service, co-ordinated through the Logan City Council, to provide an at-home vaccination service for children who are missing or overdue for vaccines. Since the inception of the program in 2013 the mobile service has visited more than 4000 people with more than 7000 vaccines provided increasing the number of fully vaccinated children aged 12 – 15 months to above the Queensland average.

Find out more about nursing graduate and immunisation advocate Gillian Hermosilla-Silva

Mr Saneil Chand, Pharmacy

Saneil graduated from the Master of Pharmacy program in 2007. He bought his own pharmacy at the age of 25 and worked every day for two years to establish a highly regarded business and quality service to the people of Buranda, purchasing three more pharmacies by the age of 26. Saneil is the recipient of the 2015 Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Multi-Cultural Business Award for diversity, determination and innovation and the Manager and Pharmacy of the Year for the Tomeo/Laslett Pharmacy Group.

Find out more about pharmacist Saneil Chand

Are you, or do you know an outstanding alumnus?

Nominate for 2017 Outstanding Health Alumni Awards