Past Award Nominees and Recipients
Young Australian of the Year
2013 VIC Young Australian of the Year Nominee
Dr Linny PhuongState: Victoria
As a young doctor training to be a paediatrician, Dr Linny Phuong saw a need for culturally appropriate, health information for refugees and new migrants. She knew that in traditional communities when people collected water at rivers, water pumps and wells, that’s where they would take the time to talk. So adapting that model, Linny set up her Water Well project – a community health program where people could meet and talk informally. Working with other young doctors, the Brotherhood of St Laurence and community groups, Linny’s Water Well hosts interactive health information sessions in places where new arrivals would feel secure and welcome. The sessions are informal and relaxed with the emphasis on supporting people to take responsibility for their own health and the health of their families. The benefits are two-fold. Migrant and refugee communities have improved access to health education and young doctors gain a better understanding of the needs of culturally diverse communities. As well as her voluntary work, Linny is a Neonatal Registrar at the Royal Women’s Hospital and is completing a Masters in Public Health and a Diploma in Child Health.