Griffith University’s Centre for Environment and Population Health (CEPH) has held a graduation and farewell ceremony for 26 Public Health Leadership fellows.
Featuring participants from seven countries and including five PhDs, the event was the culmination of a five-month program focused on enhancing and developing public health and leadership skills in existing and potential public health leaders from government agencies, universities and research organisations.
During the program, participants completed a number of Griffith postgraduate courses and short-courses, attended public health leadership seminars and visited numerous sites across southeast Queensland.
More than 120 people attended the graduation and farewell celebration, including several distinguished representatives from overseas. They included: Dr Habibe Millat, MP, Bangladesh; Dr H M Subuh, Secretary to the Director General of Disease Control and Environmental Health, Indonesia; and Dr Nguyen Huy Nga, Director General of the Health Environment Agency within the Ministry of Health in Vietnam.
Queensland attendees included Mr Tan Yaoming, Vice-Consul General for the Republic of China in Brisbane; Education Consul Mr Liu Wanliang; and the Chief Health Officer for Queensland Health, Dr Jeannette Young.
Griffith University’s Academic Provost, Professor Adam Shoemaker, officiated at the ceremony along with the Dean (Academic) for Griffith Sciences, Professor Sushila Chang. CEPH and University staff, adjunct members and students also attended.
Dinner and cultural performances followed a formal ceremony in which graduates were awarded a certificate of completion and student representatives gave presentations on their Griffith experience.
The graduates join an important and growing group of CEPH alumni, which includes more than 25 PhDs, 120 Masters and more than 130 Australian Government-funded public health leadership fellows.
Fellows are supported through partner agencies which nominate public health and environmental professionals for the Griffith program. Many have been promoted to vital positions in their organisations and are striving to improve the health status of the populations in their respective countries.