Griffith University’s Health Group has acknowledged high-achieving graduates through its 2017 Outstanding Alumni Awards.
Seven alumni were recognised for “remarkable” contributions in their fields at local, state, national and/or international level. The awards ceremony provided alumni and staff the opportunity to celebrate triumphs, engage in nostalgia and network with peers.
Many of last year’s winners were on hand to “pass the baton” to this year’s successful recipients, who include published authors, award-winning researchers, health ambassadors and mentors, community volunteers and executives. Most already have earned multiple accolades and all contribute heavily to the betterment of their communities.
For example, Outstanding Health Alumnus of the Year, Dr Shelley Roberts, has been heavily involved in research and education since graduating from her PhD (Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition) in 2015.
Dr Roberts currently leads the development, evaluation and translation of innovative new technology to engage hospitalised patients in their nutrition care. This is expected to improve outcomes for patients, health care professionals and hospitals. In addition, she also makes time to volunteer as a lifesaver for the Palm Beach Surf Life Saving Club.
2017 Griffith Health Outstanding Alumni Awards:
Outstanding Overall Health Alumnus of the Year: Dr Shelley Roberts (School of Allied Health Sciences)
Outstanding Young Health Alumnus of the Year: Dr Mohit Tolani (School of Dentistry & Oral Health)
Highly commended: Dr Siddharth Kaladharan (School of Medicine)
Outstanding First Peoples Health Alumnus of the Year: Ms Rochelle Pitt (School of Nursing & Midwifery)
Highly commended: Ms Amanda Rachow (School of Allied Health Sciences)
Outstanding Higher Degree Research Health Alumnus of the Year: Dr Allison Milner (Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention-AISRAP)
Outstanding International Health Alumnus of the Year: Mr Karl Andriessen (AISRAP)