MELISSA LYSAGHT | International Health & Medical Services
THE NOSSAL INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL HEALTH is partnering with leading medical company International SOS and its subsidiary International Health and Medical Services (IHMS) to promote public health in Papua New Guinea.
The partnership will see a Papua New Guinea citizen awarded a Nossal Scholars Program scholarship at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. The scholarship is designed for graduate research degrees in global health-related fields including basic science, social sciences, clinical services and public health.
The recipient will travel to the University of Melbourne for the first year of study, return to Papua New Guinea for fieldwork in their second year, and complete their PhD thesis in Melbourne. The scholarship will cover living expenses, international travel and fieldwork, while the University will provide full fee remission for the length of the scholarship. There is also potential support for residential accommodation at the university’s Parkville campus.
International SOS and IHMS Regional Managing Director Michael Gardner said the candidate’s area of study will contribute to the awareness and standards of public health in Papua New Guinea. “International SOS has operated in Papua New Guinea for nearly 20 years providing health care for international workforces and local communities,” Mr Gardner said. “During that time we’ve contributed to the development of public health in PNG through the training and employment of more than 500 health professionals, and care for tens of thousands of people.
“We are extremely pleased to be supporting this scholarship and further contributing to public health in Papua New Guinea.”
The Nossal Scholars Program aims to nurture the next generation of leaders in global health. It was launched in 2012 to commemorate the 80th birthday of Sir Gustav Nossal, after whom the Nossal Institute for Global Health is named. Sir Gustav is a world-renowned scientist and immunologist who has shown a lifelong commitment to translating medical research into improved health for all.
At the launch of the International SOS / IHMS scholarship in Canberra, Sir Gustav said he was delighted that the scholarship would open an opportunity to a talented resident of Papua New Guinea.
“International SOS have given a very generous donation to support this scholarship over the next three years and we are very grateful for this,” Sir Gustav said. “We invite applications from residents of Papua New Guinea who are passionate about health, who are driven by excellence, and who would like the opportunity to further their studies at a world-class global health facility.”
Papua New Guinea is a country where the life expectancy is 20 years less than that of Australia. Children are 12 times more likely to die before their fifth birthday, while the country is impacted by malaria, TB and HIV – diseases that are preventable in Australia.
“We must do more to improve these statistics,” Sir Gustav said. “This scholarship will play a small but important role in strengthening the health workforce of Papua New Guinea and in turn, the health of its people.”
For more information, visit https://www.campaign.unimelb.edu.au/news-and-events/2013-12-16-scholarship-to-promote-public-health-in-png