This report details the outcomes of a case study of Solomon Islander alumni of Australian Development Scholarships. Alumni in this case study completed their scholarship between 2006 and 2010 in the field of health.
Solomon Islander alumni have made significant contributions to the development and improvement of health policy and practice. Australia and Solomon Islands have a strong history of collaboration and partnerships which includes links with Rotary in Australia for the renovation of dental facilities and collaboration with university partners on research supervision and publications.
Alumni cited their experiences in Australia as transformational, enabling them to see the world differently and providing them with confidence and exercise to improve health outcomes on their return. Ten years on, the alumni are actively making a difference to maternal and child health, dental care, infectious disease control, professional development training, community engagement, and health education and policy in Solomon Islands.
This research was conducted by the Australia Awards Global Tracer Facility to provide the Department of Foreign Affairs and trade with evidence to evaluate the impact of the Australia Awards.