Burnet international health specialist awarded OAM

Burnet Institute

27 January, 2012

Beverley Snell in Bangladesh as part of a consultancy with Health Action International.

A long and dedicated career in the field of international health has seen Beverley Snell from the Centre for International Health recognised in the Australia Day Honours with a Medal of the Order of Australia.

A qualified pharmacist Mrs Snell, who has worked with Burnet since 1994, has made a huge contribution to international health, especially in the areas of drug policy and as a consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO).

She said receiving the OAM was recognition that her work is important and necessary.

“I’m really passionate about my job and Burnet has given me a good base to explore things which weren’t necessarily on ‘the program’,” Mrs Snell said.

“There probably aren’t too many public health research institutes that allow you to do that.”

Her interest in international health was sparked in the 1970s when she was fed up in her job as a pharmacist and applied to be part of a primary healthcare approach to helping refugees in Somalia, which she did from 1980 to 1985.

“It was the first time anywhere in the world the primary health care approach had been implemented, I’ve become a missionary for that approach now,” she said.

From 1990, Mrs Snell was involved with the development of national Standard Treatment Guidelines in the essential drugs sector in Eritrea.

During that time, she also worked at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service and is the Founder and Coordinator of the Aboriginal Health Subject in the Master of Public Health Course at Monash University.

Mrs Snell has worked as a consultant for governments and international agencies including WHO and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in the Pacific, the Philippines, Tibet, East Timor, India, Vietnam and Cambodia.

Burnet Institute Director and CEO Professor Brendan Crabb said the honour was well deserved.

“Bev has enjoyed an outstanding and fascinating career and this award is recognition of her many contributions,” Professor Crabb said.

Chief Patron of Burnet Institute, The Governor of Victoria, the Hon Alex Chernov, AO, QC was also recognised in the Australia Day Honours.

Mr Chernov was elevated to the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for eminent service to the people of Victoria as well as the advancement of higher education, particularly the development of academic and administrative programs at the University of Melbourne.

CLICK HERE for more details on the 2012 Australia Day Honours.

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