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All Rhodes lead to Griffith

Dr Beth Hamilton

Griffith Magazine

First Edition November 2017

“The Griffith University medical school is truly first class and I loved every minute of my time there.”

A desire to help the less fortunate has always been with her but studying her medicine degree at Griffith emboldened Beth Hamilton’s unshakeable commitment to assisting others.

Griffith University’s second ever Rhodes Scholarship recipient and first Queensland recipient, Beth Hamilton wants to continue learning so she can make a difference to marginalised and vulnerable communities in need of greater medical resources. 

Dr Hamilton graduated with First Class Honours and a University Medal from the Griffith School of Medicine last year, and intends to pursue a Master of Science in Global Health Science and Epidemiology at Oxford University with a goal of working in a global health organisation such as WHO.

“At a public and global health level, change is initiated and driven by leadership, initiative, research and collaboration.

“Through my study at Oxford University I hope to become an integral part of the change needed to make a meaningful and sustainable impact on people’s lives and live out a dream of improving the human condition by reducing health inequality,” Dr Hamilton says.

“At a public and global health level, change is initiated and driven by leadership, initiative, research and collaboration.

“I’m completely overwhelmed and very excited to have this incredible opportunity, and so thankful to my family, friends, many teachers and professors at Griffith, particularly within the medical school, for their unwavering support.

“The Griffith Uni medical school is truly first class and I loved every minute of my time there.

“They provided me with a holistic medical education with a particular focus on the doctor patient relationship and communication skills. Another strength of the program is the Longlook program.”

“I completed my final year of training in Warwick in 2016, which was an incredibly hands-on experience and a great exposure to rural health. I also had the opportunity to be heavily involved in student societies, particularly Hope4health.”


Dr Beth Hamilton with Qld Rhodes Scholarship Deputy Chair Dr Andrew Stumer after receiving her Scholarship to study at Oxford University.

Head of Medicine at Griffith Professor David Ellwood said Dr Hamilton’s achievement casts a wonderful reflection on the University’s medical program.

“This is fantastic news for us. We are always proud of our graduates and Beth is one of those truly remarkable people who has done so much at such a young age.”

Doing her internship at Townsville Base Hospital, Dr Hamilton has also been for the past four years a Director of Ubuntu Through Health, which delivers aid projects in South Africa, Ghana, Kenya and Timor-Leste (East Timor).

In Timor-Leste, she helped establish a partnership with a local clinic to support midwife training, tuberculosis diagnoses and treatment, and life-saving paediatric surgery.

She has presented Ubuntu’s projects at two global health conferences. One of these projects won Best International Health Project of the Year.

“My involvement in Ubuntu and other volunteering roles has cemented principles of compassion and integrity, and my sense of responsibility as a privileged global citizen to serve others,” she says.

Among her many awards, Dr Hamilton presented at the 2017 International Balint Federation Congress in Oxford this year as part of the first prize in an international essay competition for medical students. Her essay was subsequently published.

She has tutored medical students and is an advocate for junior doctors for the Council of Doctors in Training as well as an associate lecturer at Griffith’s School of Medicine.

She represented Queensland in water polo in high school at Brisbane’s All Hallows’. She also played representative netball for eight years and is an umpire and coach.

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