From one generation to the next, MDHS alum are advancing human health through innovation and excellence.
Melbourne Medical School
Medicine: Dr Victoria Hall
Infectious disease specialist Victoria Hall is passionate about her work, which has seen her study in India and contribute to local and international approval of a third COVID-19 vaccine dose for immunocompromised patients.
Medicine: Professor Mark Cook
Professor Mark Cook is Director of Clinical Neurosciences at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne and is internationally recognised for his research in epilepsy treatment.
Medicine: Dr Melanie Matthews
As a GP in Maningrida, Northern Territory, Dr Melanie Matthews is passionate about caring and advocating for vulnerable communities.
Medicine: Dr Ngaree Blow
Dr Ngaree Blow (BSc 2011, MPH 2015, MD 2015) is a Noonuccal, Goreng-Goreng and Yorta Yorta medical doctor leading Melbourne Medical School’s new Wurru Wurru Health Unit
Melbourne Dental School
Oral Health: Thusheka Uthayakumar
Thusheka Uthayakumar graduated with a Bachelor of Oral Health from the University of Melbourne. She has since returned, to work as a clinical demonstrator at the Melbourne Dental School and to undertake an Honours research project.
Oral Health: Janet Chuanon
Janet Chuanon graduated with a Bachelor of Oral Health from the University of Melbourne and also holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy. Passionate about both Oral Health and Pharmacy, Janet has now returned to study a Master of Philosophy (Dental Science) in order to combine her two fields of knowledge.
Oral Health: Dr Pam Leong
Dr Pam Leong has completed a Diploma of Oral Health Therapy, a Masters (Rural Health) and a PhD at the University of Melbourne.
Dentistry: Dr Matthew Hopcraft
Dr Matthew Hopcraft (BDSc 1994, MDSc 2000, PhD 2010) is CEO of the Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch.
Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
Public Health: Brigid Ryan
Studying public health gave Brigid Ryan the confidence to expand her horizons and enhance her important work in mental health care in Australia and internationally.
Public Health: Andrew Likaka
Andrew Likaka is making a difference in public health systems across several areas of Malawi’s Ministry of Health, including digital health, quality management, blood transfusion and COVID-19.
Public Health: Chiedza Machingaidze
Chiedza Machingaidze graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Master of Public Health in 2014. Now, Chiedza works at WHO as a data analyst in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo.
Public Health: Chris Bates
Chris Bates always wanted to work overseas, and a Master of Public Health has helped him achieve this.
School of Biomedical Sciences
Public Health and Biomedicine: Cindy Tran
Passionate about disease prevention and promoting health and wellbeing, Cindy Tran (BBiomed 2014, MPH 2016) works as a consultant at Australian Healthcare Associates (AHA).
Biomedicine: Melia Winata
Bachelor of Biomedicine, 2012. Co-Founder and CMO. Du Anyam, Indonesia.
Medicine & Biomedicine: Associate Professor Jason Trubiano
Associate Professor Jason Trubiano: Bachelor of Biomedical Science (2002), MBBS (2007) and PhD (2018). Infectious Diseases Physician at Austin Health and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, NHMRC Researcher Fellow with University of Melbourne, Head of COVID Unit at Austin Health.
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Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences
Psychology: Patrick Summerell
Fascinated by how our minds work, Patrick Summerell became a clinical neurologist and now treats people with brain disorders.
Psychology: Francis Puccio
Psychology was not Francis' first pursuit, but rather an interest that grew out of his first degree. Before graduating from his Master of Clinical Psychology & PhD, Francis undertook a Creative Arts degree with the Victorian College of the Arts, specialising in creative writing and photography. At first glimpse, these academic pursuits appear quite a distance apart. However, as Francis explained, the two fields share an important connection.
Psychology: Ashley Ruyg
I had too many years of life left to get stuck in a career I wasn’t passionate about, and having found my passion, I knew I didn’t have enough years left to pursue it half-heartedly.
Psychology: Dr Susan David
Dr Susan David (M. Psychology (Clinical) 2005, PhD 2005) is one of the world’s leading management thinkers and an award winning Harvard Medical School psychologist whose recent book, Emotional Agility, was Wall Street Journal’s number one bestseller.
Psychology: Dr Scott McDonald
It took a winding career path and 20 years for Dr Scott McDonald to settle on his current focus in neuropsychology, and he is relishing the opportunity to work with clients face-to-face.
Psychology: Carra Simpson
With the help of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) Prize, Carra Simpson hopes to teach students to cultivate their own passions, even if they, like herself, do not end up following the most traditional pathway towards their future careers.