The University of Newcastle, Australia

Alistair Briscombe a friend to Vietnam

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Alistair Briscombe, a UON Master of Clinical Epidemiology graduate and human trafficking and HIV prevention expert, is this year's recipient of the Vietnamese Graduates from Australia Club 'Friendship Award'.

Alistair Briscombe headshot

The award is presented annually to Australian citizens who are living and working in Vietnam and who demonstrate an ongoing contribution to the relationship between the two countries in any field. 

Educated in Australia in the fields of social work, public health and clinical epidemiology, Alistair has dedicated the last 15 years to improving the public health and social landscape in Vietnam.

Alistair began his work in Vietnam through the Australian Government-funded Youth Ambassadors Program where he worked with the Australian Foundation for the Peoples of Asia and the Pacific (AFAP) on its Community Based Dengue Control Program.

Alistair's involvement in this program led to his appointment as the AFAP's Program Manager for the Community based Dengue Control Program (2000-02) and later Country Co-Director/Director of Health Programs (2003-05).

Alistair enrolled in a Master of Clinical Epidemiology through UON in 2005 and studied via distance education while working with CARE Australia and as a consultant in Vietnam.

For the past three years, Alistair has focused his efforts on addressing two large issues facing the country – HIV/AIDS and human trafficking. He is currently employed by CDM Smith, an engineering and construction firm, as the HIV/AIDS and Human Trafficking Specialist for the Central Mekong Delta Connectivity Project. Alistair works on the technical design and implementation management of prevention programs.

Alistair has also contributed to the understanding of health issues in Vietnam through his research work. He has published two research papers, one focusing on the elimination of Dengue through community programs in Central Vietnam, and the second on improved methods for data collection for public health purposes in Vietnam. 

Congratulations to Alistair on this outstanding achievement.

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