Our alumni are leaders in the allied health professions, committed to improving the lives of individuals and communities. They are involved in local communities both nationally and internationally, with networks extending across Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, China, Canada, USA and the UK.
Gabi Hollows, Diploma of Orthoptics (1972) (NSW School of Orthoptics)
Gabi commenced at The Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick and in 1976 joined the National Trachoma and Eye Health Program. The program was initiated and led by Fred Hollows and sponsored by the Royal Australian College of Ophthalmologists and the Australian Government. For three years, Gabi and Fred worked with Australian Indigenous people visiting over 465 remote Aboriginal communities.
Gabi has worked tirelessly for The Fred Hollows Foundation since Fred’s death in 1993 and has been recognised for her work through an Advance Australia Award for Community Service and a Paul Harris Fellowship from Rotary International.
She has also been named one of Australia’s 100 Living National Treasures. I n 2003 she was awarded a Centenary Medal by the Australian Government.
Mark Cormack, Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) (1982)
Mark has worked in and for the public health care sector in various capacities as a health professional, senior manager, policy maker, planner and industry advocate for 30 years. Mark commenced his career working as a Speech Pathologist in various locations throughout ACT and NSW then moved into national roles in the public health care system.
He was appointed as the first Chief Executive Officer of Health Workforce Australia (HWA) in January 2010. HWA was established to plan, fund, research and deliver programs for the enhancement and development of Australia’s health workforce.
Michael Dickson, Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise & Sport Science) Hons 1st Class (2004)
Michael is the Director of National Health Services, Price Waterhouse Coopers. He has spent the last seven years exclusively focused on clinical service redesign either leading major redesign projects or in service review and reform.
He has specifically focussed on access improvement and emergency department process improvement, and has expertise in emergency demand modelling and process simulation. Michael recently led the 'Little Feet, Big Steps’ patient flow project at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane. The project was a 26 week clinical services redesign project with a focus on improvements in elective surgery, emergency department and patient flow across RCH.
Michael also competed in Alpine Skiing at the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Dr Kirsty Thompson, Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) (Honours) (1996)
Kristy completed a Doctor of Philosophy (Occupation and Leisure Sciences) in 2007 and is currently the Inclusive Development Director at CBM (an International Christian development organisation), and has been working towards a more inclusive society for men, women, girls and boys with disability for over 18 years. She is considered a valuable asset to the international community, leading and supporting institutional, national and community level developments that recognise people with a disability as equal citizens.
Within the development sector, Kirsty has been a driving force to promote disability inclusive development. Her passion for this has been relentless and has resulted in many key achievements.
Dr Celia Tan, Master of Physiotherapy (1992)
Celia is currently the Director of Singapore General Hospital(SGH)-Postgraduate Allied Health Institute where she provides educational leadership and postgraduate training for allied health professionals.
As a physiotherapist, she continually explores opportunities and drives the development of new clinical services, such as satellite rehabilitation centres (rehabilitation associates), chronic pain management, comprehensive workplace health promotion programmes in weight and stress management, ergonomics and healthy lifestyle programmes for patients.
Celia provides physiotherapy consultation to the Ministry of Heath, National Council of Social Service, Singapore International Foundation, Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic and the Singapore Physiotherapy Association, where she was President from 2001 to 2010.