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The Neil Thomson Scholarship

Tuesday, 05 July 2016


HealthInfoNet Director, Professor Neil Drew is delighted to announce today that a co funded scholarship - offered in partnership with the Lowitja Institute – is in honour of the Foundation Director of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, Professor Neil Thomson who passed away earlier this year.

Professor Thomson’s distinguished career in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health spanned over 40 years and he was a pioneer in the provision of high quality evidence based information to support workers in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce. The research supported by this scholarship will further his important work. The Lowitja Institute Co-funded Scholarship Program has been established to develop pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to postgraduate study programs. Edith Cowan University’s Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet is inviting scholarship applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Lowitja Institute CEO, Mr Romlie Mokak says ‘A highly skilled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research workforce is fundamental to our common goal of achieving the best health and wellbeing outcomes for Australia’s First Peoples. The Lowitja Institute is also very proud that this co-funded scholarship acknowledges the great contribution and lasting legacy of our colleague, Neil Thomson’.

The Neil Thomson Scholarship recipient will undertake research to develop a better understanding of how the outcomes of research are understood and utilised in the everyday work of health professionals in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector.

The application opening date is Thursday, 30 June 2016 and closing date is Friday, 15 July 2016. Applications can be sent to or by post to Research Scholarships Officer. More information can be found on the Neil Thomson Scholarship web page.


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