With COVID-19 restrictions in place Charles Darwin University held its first-ever virtual graduation ceremony on 12 June 2020.  As the ceremony was virtual we have included some photos of some of the graduates with their thoughts on studying at Menzies. Congratulations to the following students.

Menzies Higher Degrees by Research Graduates


Degree Supervisory panel Thesis title

Celestine Aho



- A/Prof Heidi Smith-Vaughan

- Dr Michael Binks

- Prof Amanda Leach

- Ruth Thornton


Understanding pathogens with relevance to otitis media management in Papua New Guinea

Karen Hobday


- Caroline Holmer
- Dr Renae Kirkham
- Ndola Prata

Swallowing the pills: Scaling-up the use of misoprostol for the prevention of post-partum haemorrhage at home births in two provinces in Mozambique

Jana Lai


- Prof Kim Mulholland
- A/Prof Heidi Smith-Vaughan 
- Prof Ross Andrews

Pneumococcal epidemiology in East Asia

Alison Laycock


- Prof Ross Baillie
- Prof Frances Cunningham 
- Gillian Harvey
- Nikki Percival

The developmental evaluation of a knowledge translation project in Indigenous primary health care quality improvement

Lisa McHugh


- Dr Michael Binks
- Tom Snelling
- Prof Sue Kildea

The uptake and safety of vaccines in pregnancy

Audrey Rachlin


- Prof Bart Currie
- Mirjam Kaestli
- David Dance

Next-generation sequencing for greater understanding of Burkholderia pseudomallei epidemiology and phylogeography in northern Australia and Vientiane, Laos

Moana Tane


- Prof David Thomas
- Dr Marita Hefler
Matire Harwood

Talking about Smoking in East Arnhem Land: Denormalisation, Stigmatisation and Leadership in remote Yolŋu communities, a qualitative study

Beverley Marcusson Master by Research

- Prof Gail Garvey
- Kate Anderson
- Dr Lisa Whop

Challenges to equitable access to cancer services for Indigenous Australians


Eleven students graduated from coursework programs in the first half of this year:  two students from the Graduate Diploma in Health Research,  four students from the Graduate Diploma in Public Health; and five students from the Master of Public Health.

Graduate Diploma in Health Research

  • April Carpenter
  • Carolyn Finucane

Graduate Diploma in Public Health

  • Debra Adams
  • Sushila Saud
  • Hannah Singleton
  • Daisy Wallace

Master of Public Health

  • Arun Choudhary
  • Mahendra Huda
  • Timothy Keane
  • Louise Mayclair
  • Fiona Taylor

VET – 10513NAT Certificate II in Community Health Research

The following 10 students graduated from the 10513NAT Certificate ll in Community Health Research.

  • Paris Caton- Graham
  • Vianetta Chapman
  • Vanessa Davis
  • Denise Foster
  • James Glenn
  • Jackson Hunt
  • Patricia Miller
  • Glen Sharpe
  • Ashley Toby
  • Danielle Woods

We asked some of our graduates about their studies at Menzies: