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Edith Cowan University’s (ECU) Faculty of Education and Arts held a farewell event for HealthInfoNet’s former Director, Professor Neil Thomson last week on Friday 2nd May.
Professor Kerry Cox, ECU’s Vice-Chancellor and John Finlay Jones, Deputy Vice-Chancellor spoke at the function, as did Associate Professor Ted Wilkes, the Chair of the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC).
Professor Thomson worked for ECU from 1993 – 2014. Among his many achievements, he was responsible for development of ECU’s Master of Public Health. He also developed postgraduate certificate and diploma courses in Indigenous health. Reflecting his substantial experience in public health, particularly prior to joining ECU, he was appointed in 1999 as the University’s Foundation Professor of Public Health, a position he held until 2005 when he was appointed Professor of Indigenous Health. In that role, he had joint research and teaching responsibilities. His research focused mainly on translational research, complemented by a number of relevant traditional research studies. He also coordinated and taught the University’s postgraduate certificate and diploma courses in Indigenous health.
One of Professor Thomson's lasting legacies to the Indigenous health sector was the founding of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, a freely accessible web resource used nationally for the past 16 years by anyone working or studying in the area of Indigenous health.
The HealthInfoNet, now recognised as an integral part of the Indigenous health infrastructure, has been recognised in a number of recent awards, including:
The team from the HealthInfoNet would like to take this opportunity to wish Neil all the best, and to thank him for his significant contribution to date to the field of Australian Indigenous health.
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