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16 Jun 2017

A junior doctor and researcher, whose experiences as the child of refugee parents inspired her to establish a health promotion charity for migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers, has won the AMA Doctor in Training 2017 Award.

Dr Linny Phuong, a Paediatric Infectious Disease Fellow at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, was presented with the award by AMA President Dr Michael Gannon at the AMA National Conference 2017 in Melbourne.

Dr Phuong is the second winner of the Award, which was introduced in 2016 to recognise outstanding leadership, advocacy, and accomplishments of a doctor in training. The recipient is awarded a place at the AMA’s Future Leaders Program.

Dr Gannon praised Dr Phuong, the founder and director of the Water Well Project, for her contributions to teaching, medical education, research, and doctors’ wellbeing, as well as her professionalism and compassion towards children and their families.

“Dr Phuong exemplifies the characteristics of a caring doctor, an inspiring leader, and a tireless philanthropist and humanitarian,” Dr Gannon said.

Dr Phuong is highly regarded by her peers at the Royal Children’s Hospital where, as Deputy Chief Resident, she is in charge of the doctors’ wellbeing portfolio. She is also a successful medical researcher, having published several papers.

Dr Gannon also paid tribute to Dr Phuong’s awareness of the many challenges faced by refugee families in accessing health services, noting that five years ago, she founded the Water Well Project, a not-for-profit health promotion charity which improves the health and wellbeing of migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers by providing health literacy support and education. 

Meredith Horne

Published: 16 Jun 2017