2010 Baume Travel Grant & Leonard Broom Scholarship

Lisa Whop presented at the TEPHINET 6th Global Scientific Conference in South Africa

These experiences will be of tremendous use in my future career in public health.

The Baume Travel Grant and the Leonard Broome Scholarship each awarded me with scholarships to attend the Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Intervention Network (TEPHINET) 6th Global Scientific Conference. The conference was themed ‘providing a platform for public health action’ and held between the 13th and 17 December 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa.

I presented a poster on an outbreak investigation I was involved in whilst completing my Master of Applied Epidemiology (MAE). These scholarships provided with me the opportunity to present my work at an international setting, network with health professionals and students and represent the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (NCEPH). This opportunity allowed me to synergise my research findings to produce a scientific poster, discuss findings from the investigation and limitations of the investigation with other conference delegates and answer questions from an international perspective. These experiences will be of tremendous use in my future career in public health.

The conference provided an amazing experience with students from all over the world each representing a field training program for their respective country. It was a privilege to be part of the Australian team and showcase the work that Australian MAE students produce throughout their field placements all of which are supported by NCEPH.

By attending the international conference I further appreciated the universal language epidemiology shares. This was demonstrated by the various plenary talks, oral presentations and poster presentations which ranged on topics from large scale outbreaks to surveillance systems and health behaviours all of which applied basic epidemiology principles.

I would like to greatly extend my thanks to both the Baume Travel Grant and the Leonard Broome Scholarship for making it possible for me to attend and present at the TEPHINET 6th Global Scientific Conference in South Africa, 2010.

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