Faculty representatives attend Australia-China Youth Dialogue

The Australia-China Youth Dialogue (ACYD), founded in 2010, is an annual, inter-disciplinary forum that brings together 30 outstanding young leaders from Australia and Greater China, to engage in discussion in order to advance bilateral relations between the two regions.

Dr Lin Zhang and Dr Tianhong Wu attended the highly selective four-day event in Beijing, held from 15-18 September as representatives of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences, with Dr Zhang also selected as the official University representative.

Dr Zhang (second from right) with others at the Australia China Youth Dialogue

Opened by Gerald Thompson, Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy, Beijing, the 2017 forum featured a range of diverse presentations, speeches, discussion panels, and workshops that covered topics from trade and investment to social and environmental policy.

Speakers at the forum included the Director of the Australia China Council, Harold Weldon, who gave the keynote address; Australia’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, Jan Adams AO PSM; and Deputy Commissioner for Victoria in China, Lisa Renkin.

Reflecting on his experience, Dr Zhang said the ACYD was 'a fantastic forum for thinking minds, with speakers, delegates, organisers, and alumni contributing different views of current bilateral relations in trade, education, research, and environmental issues and providing a broad vision and big picture of future Australia-China relationships'.

Dr Lin Zhang

Chinese delegate, Dr Zhang, is a PhD candidate at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, researching colorectal cancer screening in Asian countries. Before this, he worked at Peking Union Medical College Hospital for seven years, specialising in Chemical Pathology. In 2009, he was awarded the Certificate of Next Generation Leadership by the United Nations for his proposal to solve healthcare waste in China.

Dr Zhang is passionate about developing healthcare collaboration between Australia and China, particularly drawing upon his experience in Australia to promote colorectal cancer prevention strategies in China.

Dr Tianhong Wu

Australian delegate, Dr Wu, is a University of Melbourne alumna that specialises in adult internal medicine at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. She is currently completing a Masters degree in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Sydney. Her passion for population and global health has seen her volunteer in rural and remote Nepal, where she led a WHO-appointed Emergency Medical Team during the 2015 earthquake.

Dr Wu is an advocate for clinical leadership, governance, education, and trainee well-being and is interested in advancing medical training and practice in both Australia and China through open-mindedness, collaboration, and innovation.

Delegates and others at the end of a day at this year's ACYD

Professor Doris Young, the Faculty’s Associate Dean China Programs, voiced her support for the delegates’ involvement in the ACYD.

She said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for both Dr Zhang and Dr Wu as future leaders in health care, to share their knowledge of the health care systems of both countries at this forum, during a time when China is undergoing major health care reform”.