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GP wins Edelmira Peregrino Go Student of the Year award

Burnet Institute

04 April, 2012

Dr Philippa Boulle working with Medecins Sans Frontieres in Sudan.

Dr Philippa Boulle has been named the Edelmira Peregrino Go Student of the Year awards at the AMREP World Health Day Forum.

The award is presented to the international health student who achieves the highest academic results in international health subjects in a given year.

Dr Boulle is in Lebanon where she is working with Medecins Sans Frontieres - she said she is honoured to receive the Edelmira Peregrino Go Award.

“I really enjoy international health and plan to continue working in this field. I have been accepted into the Gorgas Diploma for Tropical Medicine held in Peru early next year so will continue my studies in the area,” Ms Boulle said.

“I love travelling and experiencing the world and find working in international health one of the most rewarding and worthwhile ways of doing this.”

Dr Boulle is a GP and has worked in indigenous communities in the Northern Territory and through Medecins Sans Frontieres has worked in a field hospital for displaced Tamis in Sri Lanka, in South Sudan and Tunisia.

“Philippa was an outstanding student and it is fitting she is presented with the award named after one of our first Masters of Public Health students, Edelmira Peregrino Go,” Professor Mike Toole said.

“Just like Mai Mai, Philippa is dedicated to working with refugees and seizing opportunities to travel and work in the field of international health.”

The award is in honour of Edelmira Peregrino Go affectionately known as ‘Mai Mai’, Edelmira passed away after a year-long battle with cancer in 2003.

CLICK HERE to read about Edelmira Peregrino Go’s life.

Contact Details

For more information in relation to this news article, please contact:

Professor Michael Toole AM

Former Board member, Special Advisor on Nutrition

Telephone

+61392822216

Email

mike.toole@burnet.edu.au

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