Proud Wakka Wakka and Barkindji woman, and Resident Doctor at Toowoomba Hospital, Dr Anne-Maree Nielsen, was awarded the top honour of 2018 USQ Outstanding Alumnus of the Year, as well as being named 2018 USQ Indigenous Alumnus of the Year.
Dr Nielsen started her studies as a young mother in the University’s Tertiary Preparation Program (TPP), and once eligible to take on tertiary study, there was no stopping her from going on to forge a hard-earned career in medicine.
“I congratulate all of the award winners and look forward to seeing where their determination and initiative takes them in the future.”
The USQ Alumnus of the Year award criteria encompasses alumni in a broad spectrum of achievements including their professional careers, academic excellence, or individuals who have made a major contribution in community service or overcome significant personal adversity.
The 2018 winners are as follows:
Outstanding Alumnus of the Year & Indigenous Service Alumnus of the Year
Dr Anne-Maree Nielsen (Bachelor of Nursing, 2004; Master of Mental Health Nursing, 2008; Master of Nursing Honours, 2010) — Resident Medical Officer, Toowoomba Hospital
Professional Alumnus of the Year
Rachel Ranton (Postgraduate Certificate in Business, 2013; Master of Business Administration, 2016) — Inclusion and Diversity Consultant at the Westpac Group
International Alumnus of the Year
Heidi Dugan (Bachelor of Arts, Creative, 1994) — TV Host & Celebrity and Consumer Marketing Director and China Money Director at Food Box
Research and/or Academic Alumnus of the Year
Professor Michael Kimlin (Bachelor of Applied Science, Biological and Physical Sciences, 1996; Graduate Diploma of Further Education and Training, 1999; Doctor of Philosophy, 2001) — Radiation epidemiologist
Young Alumnus of the Year
Dr Jessa Rogers (Master of Education, 2014) — Project Director, Indigenous Research and Education Strategy
Community Service Alumnus of the Year
Direpang Segosebe (Bachelor of Nursing, 2010) — Nursing Officer at Botswana Ministry of Health and Wellness, Greater Gaborone Health Management Team (DHMT)
Alumni Service Award
Hoa Cruickshank (Master of Education with distinction, 2014, Master of Learning and Development, 2016) — Managing Director of Vung Tau E-School and Managing Director of Phuc Gia Trading and Tourism Limited Company
More information about the USQ Alumnus of the Year Awards can be found at usq.edu.au/alumnus-of-year.
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