Rhodes to discovery
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Rhodes to discovery

Eight Monash University graduates have been selected as Rhodes Scholars since 2002. Linda Vergnani looks at the impact the scholarship has had on the careers and lives of five medical doctors, an ecologist, an aerospace engineer cum jazz musician, and a computer and mechatronics expert.Dr Nathan GrillsRhodes Scholar 2002A Rhodes Scholarship transformed Dr Nathan Grills’ ambitions “from wanting to be an excellent general practitioner to treat needy patients to wanting to work in global public health to change the health of entire communities and countries”.“So rather than treating one patient with a tobacco-related illness, I am helping India to bring about some policy changes in tobacco control. This will affect 1.2 billion people in a country where 1.2 million people die from tobacco annually,” he says.At Oxford, Dr Grills gained a Master of Science in Global Health and a PhD in Global Health, researching the role of faith-based health programs responding to HIV in India. He was employed by the World Health Organization to develop guidelines on working with such programs. Dr Grills, now a National Health and Medical Research Council postdoctoral fellow with the Nossal Institute for Global Health at the University of Melbourne, completed his public health physician training in Australia, recently studying for a Doctor of Public Health at Monash University

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Rhodes to discovery