Health Sciences celebrates excellence

5 May 2011

Mrs Gabi Hollows was among the close to 100 award recipients recognised at the Faculty of Health Sciences Awards Night on the evening of Wednesday, 4 May. Themed 'celebrating our success,' the event recognised the outstanding achievements of health sciences' students, staff and alumni.

In presenting the guest address Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stephen Garton spoke of the expectation the University has of graduates to go out and make a difference.

"And it is pleasure to have our graduates come back for events such as this when we have the opportunity to acknowledge their contribution to society,' he said.

Mrs Gabi Hollows and Prof Garton
Mrs Gabi Hollows and Prof Garton

An orthoptics graduate of the former Cumberland of Health Sciences, Gabi Hollows 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.

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 Australia; Dr Aziz Sahu-Khan (BDS '80 MDSc '96), Mrs 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% of Vietnamese children and adults who suffer from hearing, communication and swallowing disorders arising from impairments, head injury, cleft conditions, developmental delay and cancer.

The Founding Executive Members of the Trinh Foundation Aust.
The Founding Executive Members of the Trinh Foundation Aust.

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 invitation 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. View the full list of award recipients on the Awards Night website.