Future leaders in international public health
3 January 2007
The School of Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine has attracted three of the 60 Australian Leadership Awards (ALAs) issued by AusAID for 2007. These awards are a testament to the Faculty’s continuing ability to attract the highest calibre students at an international level. The PhD Scholarships are available to all Australian universities and are awarded to those who are already leaders or have a potential to assume such a role.
The 2007 ALA recipients are Dr Christiana Titaley, Indonesia, Dr Tauhidul Islam, Bangladesh and Dr Phalyka Oum, Cambodia.
Dr Christiana Titaley
I completed my Masters in International Public Health (MIPH) at the University of Sydney, and consequently applied for the AusAID ALA scholarship to undertake my PhD. 1.5 years in the School of Public Health, provided me with considerable knowledge about what public health is, what kind of field I'll work in and what is actually going on out there. Though I was a medical practitioner, I knew very few public health issues before joining this program, and by enrolling in the International Public Health department, I got a broader picture about public health in the developing world. Stepping into the real world, I worked in Indonesia, also in the public health sector, which taught me more about the magnitude of health problems in my country. There so many things to learn. Being awarded this scholarship is a real blessing.
Dr Tauhidul Islam completed the MIPH at the University of Sydney in 2004. His topic was ‘Risk of Nosocomial Mycobacterium Tuberculosis transmission among TB laboratory workers in Bangladesh’ (supervisors Warwick Britton and Bob Cumming).
Dr Phalyka Oum completed her medical degree in Cambodia then a Masters of Public Health at Johns Hopkins as a Fullbright Scholar in 2005. Her topic was ‘Feasibility and Sustainability of Social Health Insurance in Cambodia’ (supervisors: Steve Leeder and John Hall).