Issue 9 - 1 October 2012 enews home

Lecturer recognised for contribution to Chronic Diseases Network

By Patrick Nelson

Robyn Williams ... long-term supporter of the Chronic Diseases Network in the Territory. Image: Fiona Morrison

A Charles Darwin University lecturer has been recognised for her outstanding contribution in the field of chronic diseases.

Bachelor of Health Science coordinator Robyn Williams was honoured at the Chronic Disease network conference in Darwin recently, where she was presented with the Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Chronic Diseases (individual) award.

Ms Williams said her first reaction was one of shock.

"It came as a total surprise, but then I was really pleased," she said.

In addition to lecturing at CDU, Ms Williams has presented at a number of preventable chronic conditions workshops hosted by the NT Health Department over a number of years.

"It is through education that I've made my contribution," she said.

Ms Williams said chronic conditions remained an issue of major significance both globally and locally.

"We have a large number of people with chronic conditions in the Territory, but I think we're doing really well considering the challenges: vast distances, small and highly mobile populations and limited resources."

Ms Williams has been a long-term supporter of the Chronic Disease Network in the Territory.

"My involvement goes back to the beginning of the CDN. I've been involved in all 16 annual conferences and various other related activities with both the NT Department of Health and the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of the NT."