Medical student, charity founder and elite athlete Jeremy Hunt was announced as Queensland’s 2024 Rhodes scientist.
The University of Queensland alumnus and current student received the honor from the Governor of Queensland, the Honorable Dr Jeannette Young, at a ceremony at Government House in Brisbane yesterday.
He will use his Rhodes Scholarship to study public policy and applied digital health at the University of Oxford.
Mr. Hunt has a strong interest in digital health and how electronic medical records can be used to reduce medical errors and improve patient care while carefully maintaining the privacy of patient data.
“In my view, poor health limits the innate potential that exists in every human being,” Mr Hunt said.
“Digital health policy offers the opportunity to unlock this potential, to deeply and positively impact personal lives, which is why I am so passionate about change.”
“Just as there’s an opportunity to use technology to improve patient outcomes in Australia, there’s also an opportunity to reduce global health disparities, which really excites me.”
“For example, AI-enabled radiology platforms that improve diagnostic accuracy can be applied to a much greater impact in regions with a shortage of radiologists, such as India, compared to Australia.”
Mr. Hunt is the founder and CEO of the company VacSeen Projecta registered charity providing free pop-up vaccination clinics and health services to the homeless and other at-risk groups.
In recognition of the impact of the work of The VacSeen Project, it was announced in 2022. Brisbane Young Citizen of the Year and was also 2023. Queensland Young Australian of the Year Awards finalist.
Mr. Hunt is an elite level trail and mountain runner and member UQ Elite Athlete Program.
He took part in this year’s World Athletics World Mountain and Trail Championships in Austria, where he finished 60th ahead of the Australian competitors.
During his studies at UQ, he received numerous awards, including the 2023 Frazer Family Medicine Fellowship and the Eric W Peet Memorial Prize in Medical Ethics.
More than 500 Australian Rhodes Scholars have been selected since the scheme began.
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