Health Sciences celebrates excellence

6 May 2011

(L-R) Professor Gwynnyth Llewellyn, Dean; Professor Stephanie Short, Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching); and Gabi Hollows.
(L-R) Professor Gwynnyth Llewellyn, Dean; Professor Stephanie Short, Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching); and Gabi Hollows.

Gabi Hollows was among the nearly 100 award recipients recognised by the Faculty of Health Sciences at its awards night on Wednesday 4 May.

Celebrating the success of the faculty, the event recognised the outstanding achievements of health sciences' students, staff and alumni.

Gabi Hollows, an orthoptics graduate from the former Cumberland College of Health Sciences, was announced as the recipient of the Health Sciences Alumni Award for Community Achievement in recognition of her work alongside her late husband Fred Hollows and for her passion and dedication in continuing the work of the Foundation.

The Fred Hollows Foundation works internationally on comprehensive quality eye care and is an advocate of effective health programs for Indigenous Australians. Working with blindness prevention organisations in over 19 countries throughout Africa and Asia, the Foundation has helped to restore the sight of more than 1 million people worldwide.

In presenting the guest address, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stephen Garton spoke of the expectation the University has of graduates to make a difference.
"And it is pleasure to acknowledge the contribution to society," he said.

The recipients of the Health Sciences Alumni Award for International Achievement were also credited with making a significant impact on the lives of international communities. The Founding Executive Members of the Trinh Foundation; Dr Aziz Sahu-Khan (BDS '80 MDSc '96), Sue Woodward (Diploma in Speech Therapy '75), Dr Peter Woodward (BDS '78), Associate Professor Lindy McAllister (PhD 2001) were recognised for their work in Vietnam.

Through the establishment of the Trinh Foundation this cross disciplinary group of speech pathologists and orthodontists aim to improve the quality of life of the estimated 20 percent of Vietnamese children and adults who suffer from hearing, communication and swallowing disorders arising from impairments, head injury, cleft conditions, developmental delay and cancer.

In just three years they have raised awareness in Vietnam of speech pathology as a profession and have provided the knowledge, clinical skills, resources and finance to establish Vietnam's first two-year full-time postgraduate speech therapy training program at Pham Ngoc Thach Medical University in Ho Chi Minh City.

Dean of Health Sciences, Professor Gwynnyth Llewellyn remarked on the potential of our current student award winners to go onto great accomplishments such as these.

"Your invitations to tonight's ceremony is testament to the fact that we see in you the future leaders in health in Australia and globally," she said.

The faculty congratulates all award winners and thanks our sponsors and friends for their support.

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