Tuesday, 02 February 2016
Professor Neil Thomson (Founding Director of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet) passed away peacefully on the Sunday, 24 January 2016 surrounded by his loving family.
He was a passionate, brilliant, and generous man in his family and professional life. Neil's long and distinguished career was dedicated to promoting and improving the health and well-being of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Neil’s determination and long-term involvement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health began with his tertiary training in medicine, mathematics, anthropology and public health. His foundation of more than 25 years’ experience gave him the credentials as a leading authority in the translation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health into practical strategies that informed policy and practice to deliver positive health outcomes.
In 1997, Neil was responsible for establishment of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet which, due to his pioneering efforts, is a nationally respected, innovative and award winning resource.
Kurongkurl Katitjin extends our deepest sympathies and thoughts to Neil’s family, friends and our colleagues in the HealthInfoNet at this difficult time. Neil will be sadly missed, but through his work with the HealthInfoNet, his legacy will live on.
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