John Snow Scholarship

Applications are open Saturday 1 August to 5pm AEST, Friday 30 October 2020.
John Snow Scholarship 2019

A physician for all

A public health medicine physician is concerned with the health and care of populations. They train in both clinical medicine and public health, opening pathways in to:

  • the health and care of populations
  • health promotion
  • prevention of disease and illness
  • assessment of a community's health needs
  • provision of health services to communities and smaller population groups
  • public health research

The Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (AFPHM) John Snow Scholarship aims to increase the awareness among medical students to help them identify public health medicine as a medical specialty or potential career path.

The AFPHM, as the principal faculty for public health medicine training in Australasia, looks to provide medical students the opportunities for intellectual and social discourse with AFPHM Fellows and trainees.

Celebrating 10 years

“A decade has passed since I was awarded the inaugural national John Snow Scholarship in 2009 at the World Congress of Internal Medicine 2010. The Scholarship's reflective process consolidated what I'd learned through the project and, as a medical student approaching internship, my mind was opened to the intrinsic exceptional value of public health."

Dr Nancy Merridew, 2019


You must be a medical student currently enrolled in a medical school at an Australian or Aotearoa New Zealand university.


The prize for each selected regional representative includes:

  • full registration to attend the RACP Congress in 2021 or the 2021 World Congress on Public Health
  • travel assistance up to AUD$400, inclusive of accommodation

All regional representatives and overall prize winner will receive a certificate in recognition of their achievement.

Application guidelines

Applicants must read the terms and conditions before applying.

Applications open Saturday 1 August 2020.

When applying for the Scholarship, you'll need to provide the following supporting documentation (in a single PDF file):

  1. A piece of work previously submitted for formative or summative assessment to your medical school.

  2. A reflection piece (800 to 1000 words) demonstrating your understanding of:
    1. a selected Public Health Medicine Advanced Training Curriculum (PDF) theme and learning objectives
    2. public health in general, by undertaking a medical school assessment piece

  3. A presentation plan (500 words maximum) describing how you would present the assessment piece and the reflection if chosen as a scholarship recipient.

  4. You're required to submit a letter of support from the University (DOC) confirming that you're currently enrolled as a student and that the piece of work you are presenting has been submitted for formative or summative assessment. The letter should be signed by the Dean of the Medical School.

Applicants must ensure:

  • your name or any personal identifying information must not appear in the selected piece of work, reflection or presentation plan to allow for unbiased selection
  • references are formatted in Vancouver style as required by the Medical Journal of Australia
  • if your Formative or Summative Assessment piece is a group project, then you are required to submit an individual application with individual reflection and presentation plans demonstrating what you have learned, and not the group learnings

Selection process

  1. Applications are de-identified and assessed by each AFPHM Regional Committee based on the selection criteria and marking guide.

  2. Each AFPHM Regional Committee will advise applicants of the outcome of their application and a regional finalist will be selected.

  3. The selected representatives from each Australian state and territory and Aotearoa New Zealand will be invited to present at the 2021 RACP Congress or 2021 World Congress on Public Health, where the presentations will be judged by a panel, and an overall winner selected.

Sabrina YehSabrina Yeh | 2018 John Snow Scholarship winner
Victoria | Monash University
Antibiotic Prescribing Patterns in Two Diverse Paediatric Communities

"The John Snow Scholarship is a fantastic experience for medical students. The opportunity to present your work on a national level and meet like-minded individuals passionate about public health is invaluable. I found the chance to meet public health trainees and hear current work in the public health arena to be inspiring. Receiving the scholarship has allowed an unparalleled insight into public health training and the various pathways one can undertake in the future. The John Snow Scholarship has only furthered my passion in public health and its potential as a future career path.

I strongly encourage all students who have an interest in community driven change and equity to apply. Throughout the conference, the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine were a huge support. They made every effort to engage with the students and made us all feel incredibly included in all Faculty events."

Past recipients

Logan Williams | 2018 finalist
Aotearoa New Zealand | University of Auckland
The Impacts of Colonisation on the Inequities of Smoking During Pregnancy in Aotearoa

Siddhanth Sharma | 2018 finalist
Western Australia | University of Notre Dame
Putting feet first: Improving the provision of diabetic foot care at a remote ACCHS

Josephine Davies | 2018 finalist
ACT | Australian National University
Routine and pulse vaccination for Lassa virus could reduce high levels of endemic disease: a mathematical modelling study

Sebastian Rositano | 2018 finalist
South Australia | University of Adelaide
The epidemiology of antidepressant use and experiences of bullying or sexual abuse in the South Australian population

Samuel Tan | 2018 finalist
Queensland | University of Queensland
A Contemporary Meta-Narrative Realist Review of Population-Level Suicide Prevention Strategies

Timothy Bemand | 2018 finalist
NSW | University of New South Wales
Computed tomography coronary angiography for Indigenous Australians in Rural Australia

Ned Latham | 2017 winner
Victoria | Monash University
Understanding the acceptability of rapid, point-of-care hepatitis C testing in people who inject drugs

Alexandra Carle | 2017 finalist
Western Australia | University of Notre Dame
Mycoplasma Genitalium: An important consideration in male urethritis

Rachael McCormick | 2017 finalist
ACT | Australian National University
‘It can help our community… I hope the government will listen to what we are saying’: Reasons for caregiver participation in a longitudinal study of indigenous Australian children

Arunan Sriravindrarajah | 2017 finalist
NSW | University of Sydney
Ending offshore detention of asylum seekers – the role of the medical profession

Dipti Sugumar | 2017 finalist
Tasmania | University of Tasmania
Influence of social circumstance in childhood, adulthood, and social mobility on adult dietary quality

Alisha Thompson | 2017 finalist
South Australia | Flinders University
Australians’ understanding of the decline in fertility with increasing age and attitudes towards ovarian reserve screening

Rebecca Kelly | 2016 winner
Tasmania | University of Tasmania
Prediction of adult blood pressure in childhood: opportunities for early risk assessment

Michael Au | 2016 finalist
Queensland | James Cook University
An injustice in the justice system - HIV/HCV prevention in Australian incarcerated populations

Matthew Borg | 2016 finalist
South Australia | University of Adelaide
Renal health outcomes in relation to temperature and heatwaves in Adelaide, South Australia

Matthew Koh | 2016 finalist
NSW | University of New South Wales
A primary case-based model for assessment and treatment of chronic hepatitis c infection in rural and remote regions of Australia

Joevy Lim | 2016 finalist
Aotearoa New Zealand | University of Auckland
The Silver Age of HIV

Rosie Viner | 2016 finalist
Western Australia | University of Notre Dame
An audit of VTE prophylaxis following caesarean section

Hui Ling Yeoh | 2016 finalist
Victoria | Monash University
The Silver Age of HIV: The public health needs of people ageing with HIV

Su'Ad Muse | 2015 winner
Aotearoa New Zealand | University of Otago
Whakawhanaungatanga and Antiracist Research Praxis

Olivia Charlton | 2015 finalist
NSW | University of Notre Dame
Melanoma in the news: A discourse analysis of articles in The Australian newspaper

Carmen Hayward | 2015 finalist
South Australia | Flinders University
Vitamin D supplementation in reducing the risk of vitamin D insufficiency during infancy

Aleece MacPhail | 2015 finalist
Victoria | University of Melbourne
Surveillance and epidemiology of blood borne viral hepatitis in Australia: 21 years of the National Notifiable Disease Surveillance System

Eliza Nolan | 2015 finalist
Tasmania | University of Tasmania
Child and family centres & healthcare access - a pilot cohort study

Matilda-Jane Oke | 2015 finalist
Western Australia | University of Notre Dame
Trachoma mass drug administration and health promotion in the Western Australian goldfields

Shaun Vaughn | 2015 finalist
ACT | Australian National University
Potential efficiency gains in Australian primary care

Ashish Vaska | 2014 winner
South Australia | University of Adelaide
Age Determination in Refugee Children: Developing an Evidence-Based Narrative History Tool

Chloe Attree | 2014 finalist
Western Australia | University of Notre Dame
Acute variceal bleed management: An audit on the proportion of patients who received prophylactic antibiotics for acute variceal haemorrhage in a tertiary Western Australian hospital

Christopher Bailie | 2014 finalist
Queensland | University of Queensland
Variation in delivery of preventive health care in Indigenous communities: a cross-sectional analysis

Alexander Cochrane | 2014 finalist
ACT | Australian National University
Enhancing the Immunise Australia Program

Amanda Cohn | 2014 finalist
NSW | University of New South Wales
"My vagina makes funny noises": Analysing online forums to assess the real sexual health concerns of young people

Sarah Rockefeller | 2014 finalist
Victoria | Monash University
Sexual violence and women's health: Educating future clinicians

Daniel Vickers | 2014 finalist
Northern Territory | Flinders University
Perinatal outcomes in Indigenous women with Rheumatic Heart Disease in the Top End

Cecilia Xiao | 2014 finalist
Tasmania | University of Tasmania
Challenges in implementating telehealth in west coast Tasmania

Related content

Frequently asked questions
Terms and conditions
Hear from past recipients
History of John Snow and the Scholarship


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