John Snow Scholarship

Applications closed 12 October 2021.
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.

Representatives from across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand will be invited to present at a virtual event hosted by the Faculty in 2022.


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


All selected regional representatives receive:

The John Snow Scholarship recipient receives:

  • $1500 cash prize
  • a certificate in recognition of your achievement

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 select a regional finalist and advise all applicants of the outcome of their application

  3. The selected representatives from each Australian state and territory and Aotearoa New Zealand will be invited to present at a virtual event hosted by the Faculty in 2022, where the presentations will be judged by a panel, and an overall winner selected.

Past recipients

The 2020 finalists presented virtually at the RACP Congress on Thursday 13 May 2021 from 5:30pm to 7pm AEST. If you attended Congress, you can view the presentations on demand.


Karen Motta | 2020 John Snow Scholarship winner
Western Australia (University of Notre Dame)
Cervical screening in four remote Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations: adherence to the National Cervical Screening Program? (PDF)

Karen began her career as an occupational therapist, working in stroke rehabilitation. After taking some time off to travel, she returned to study medicine. She thoroughly enjoyed spending her third year of medical studies in Broome and the surrounding Kimberley region (WA). Karen is currently working as an intern at Royal Perth Hospital, with rural rotations in Kalgoorlie and Bunbury (WA). Her interests include geriatric medicine and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

Georgia Behrens | 2020 finalist
New South Wales (University of Notre Dame)
Heat-related illness in Australia’s elderly population: population health and clinical approaches (PDF)

Joel Ern Zher Chan | 2020 finalist
South Australia (University of Adelaide)
COVID-19 as a valuable learning opportunity: Reflections from a public health placement at South Australia’s Department for Health and Wellbeing during the pandemic (PDF)

Georgina Chrisp | 2020 finalist
Victoria (University of Notre Dame)
Medical jewellery use in young Australians with adrenal insufficiency (PDF)

Thomas Swinburn | 2020 finalist
Aotearoa New Zealand (University of Auckland)
Climate change, food security, and health in Pacific Island countries and territories (PDF)

Carla De Angelis | 2019 John Snow Scholarship winner
South Australia (University of Adelaide)
The Incidence of Acute Rheumatic Fever in Indigenous Adults in the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia (PDF) 

Zi Long Chow | 2019 finalist
Tasmania (Tasmanian School of Medicine)
Patterns of pollen sensitisation and seasonal allergic rhinitis in Hobart, Tasmania (PDF)

Dr Malindu Fernando | 2019 finalist
Queensland (James Cook University)
Discontinuation of contact precautions for hospital patients with drug-resistant healthcare associated infections — When is this a consideration? (PDF)

Caris House | 2019 finalist
Western Australia (University of Notre Dame, Fremantle)
Influenza and Pertussus Immunisation in Pregnant Women — A retrospective document audit at an outer metropolitan general practice (PDF)

Jessica Medland | 2019 finalist
New South Wales (University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney)
Public health and clinical approach to prevent childhood burn injuries in Kenya (PDF)

Roshan Selvaratnam | 2019 finalist
Victoria (Monash University)
Does public reporting of the detection of fetal growth restriction improve clinical outcomes? A retrospective cohort study (PDF)

Sabrina Yeh | 2018 John Snow Scholarship winner
Victoria | Monash University
Antibiotic prescribing patterns in the paediatric community

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

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History of John Snow and the Scholarship


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