Professor Debra Jackson AO: I hope that my research and my body of work will help every person regardless of their social background, the colour of their skin; to get the same sort of healthcare and the same equity of care.
Kyasingmong Marma: I want to work with the indigenous communities around the world so and there can be some positive social change.
Nikita Austin: I want to bridge the gap for indigenous people and healthcare. I want to give children the best start possible.
Aula Sakinah Muntasyarah: We can build a world where zero waste is a reality not a concept.
Southern Cross University is a place where wonderful things can happen, to bring some meaningful social change where we can collaborate and share knowledge, a place where your voice is heard and your ideas matter and our communities and the environment benefits.
Congratulations to our 2020 Alumni Impact Award Recipients
At Southern Cross, we have a long standing tradition of recognising the achievements of outstanding alumni through the Alumni of the Year Awards. These recipients are leaders and innovators across a diverse range of disciplines.
I would like to congratulate our 2020 Alumni Impact Award recipients who have achieved extraordinary things in what was a challenging year.
From research excellence to building community, improving access to healthcare and working to solve environmental problems, each recipient demonstrates professional and personal dedication to making a profound impact in our society worldwide.
I invite you to learn more about each of these incredible alumni by reading their stories and hearing about their impact.
Alumni Impact Award recipients
Alumnus of the Year
Professor Debra Jackson AO
Debra is a distinguished nurse scientist and scholar, Debra was the first nurse – and is still today the only nurse – appointed to a Principal Fellowship of the NIHR-funded Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, awarded in recognition of sustained contribution to generating knowledge to enhance the care of NHS patients.
Young Alumnus of the Year
Nikita is a speech pathologist who is passionate about working with rural, regional and Indigenous communities to improve access to healthcare. She has pioneered the first Indigenous-friendly communication board.
International Alumnus of the Year
Kyasingmong (Mong) is from the remote village of Dongnala in Bangladesh. As a Legal and Justice Studies graduate, Mong has worked in countries around the world to protect the rights Indigenous communities, at-risk human rights lawyers and defenders, and civilans impacted by ceasefire-related violence.
Community Impact Award
Aula Sakinah Muntasyarah
Aula is a champion of agroforestry and community programs that solve environmental problems while creating revenue streams. She has worked with young farmers in West Lombok to increase their knowledge of sustainable agroforestry systems including soil management.