Issue 2
Monday, 13 March 2017
Charles Darwin University
Robyn Williams receives the President’s Awards from associate professor James Smith
Robyn Williams receives the President’s Awards from associate professor James Smith

Hearty thanks to health science lecturer

By Patrick Nelson

Health Science Lecturer Robyn Williams has been formally acknowledged for her significant long-term contribution to the field of health promotion.

Ms Williams was awarded the Australian Health Promotion Association’s President’s Award at the NT Branch annual meeting recently.

Immediate past-president Associate Professor James Smith said Ms Williams was a quiet achiever who had received little acknowledgment for the extensive contribution she had made.

“Ms Williams’ contribution in helping to establish the Bachelor of Health Science at CDU had made important in-roads in the provision of contextualised higher education suitable for building the next generation of health promotion professionals in the NT,” Dr Smith said.

“She has largely been responsible for building the course from the ground up, including the health promotion stream. In doing so, she has drawn on her extensive networks to ensure the course is responsive to industry expertise and experience. 

“The first successful completions are now starting to emerge and provide a local pipeline of graduates with suitable contextual knowledge for employment in the health promotion field in the NT.”

Ms Williams has nursing and education qualifications and 35 years of experience working with Indigenous people from urban, rural and remote communities throughout Australia, primarily in the Northern Territory.

She has been at CDU for 17 years and has been the course coordinator of the Bachelor of Health Science since its inception in 2011.