Robyn Norton began conducting research on how best to prevent and manage injuries 30 years ago. Her passion and dedication to improving the health of communities globally led her to establish The George Institute for Global Health 20 years ago.
Medhavi Gupta is a PhD student, currently undertaking her research at The George Institute for Global Health, Injury division. Her research focus is on drowning prevention, in particular, the development and evaluation of drowning reduction programs in Bangladesh and India.
Lisa Dillon joined the George Institute in May 2016 as a PhD Candidate with the Injury Division. Lisa is also an Orientation and Mobility Specialist, teaching individuals of all ages with vision impairment to travel safely, confidently and independently in their environment. Previously, Lisa has worked with adults who have sustained injury due to workplace incidents return to work and remain independent.
"I am a research assistant and PhD candidate, currently conducting research looking at gender differences in dietary intake and health outcomes at a population level, to identify if there is a need for gender sensitive food policy."
The theme for this year’s NAIDOC week, held nationally between 8 and 15 July, is ‘Because of her we can’. The theme celebrates the contributions and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.
"We know that unhealthy food environments drive unhealthy diets. I think a big challenge is to reframe the way we view unhealthy dietary habits and to shift some of the responsibility (and blame) from individuals, onto government and food industry who have the power to create change."
"Universal health coverage and #HealthForAll is about ensuring that no one is left behind in being able to access quality healthcare. This is particularly pertinent for Australia as we have not realised universal health coverage. To me it is completely unacceptable that we live in one of the richest and well-developed countries in the world and yet our First Peoples continue to experience widespread socioeconomic disadvantage and health inequality compared to other Australians."