Meet our awardees & alumni

Australia Awards alumna Prof. Dr. Yohana Susana Yembise is making the most of her role as Indonesia’s Minister for Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection.  “I have to open people’s eyes to ensure issues for women and children are seen as part of our national development,” she said. In 2007, aided by an Australian Development Scholarship, she earned a PhD in Teaching English as a Second Language at Newcastle University. Read more.

​The Governor of the Solomon Islands Central Bank, Denton Rarawa, says that his Australia Awards scholarship was critical to advancing his career.  Mr Rarawa studied as a Bachelor of Economics student at the Australian National University in Canberra in the 1980s. “If you are lucky enough to get an opportunity to study in Australia, go for it,” Mr Rarawa says. “It’s an opportunity for yourself, your family and for the country as well … it could be a life-changing opportunity.” Read more.


Dr Tia Phalla, the Vice-Chairman of the National AIDS Authority in Cambodia, has been a leader in his country’s fight against HIV and AIDS for almost 20 years.  In the 1990s when Cambodia was recovering from the Khmer Rouge’s brutal legacy, over 100 new cases were being reported daily. Determined to turn the HIV/AIDS tide in Cambodia, Dr Tia Phalla applied for and was offered an Australia Awards scholarship to study a Masters of Public Health. It was this qualification which radically changed his view about how to approach the HIV/AIDS epidemic back home. Read more here.


Last updated: July 8, 2016