One graduate’s journey to the World Health Organization in Vanuatu

25 July 2019

Michael Buttsworth turned his passion for healthcare and international development into a career at the World Health Organization in Vanuatu.

It was while working as a physiotherapist in remote and rural communities that Michael Buttsworth became consumed by an unshakeable truth.

“I was struck, as many are, by the structural barriers and challenges that prevented Aboriginal people from attaining the same level of healthcare as non-Indigenous people,” Buttsworth recalls.

“You come to realise the most effective means of improving healthcare comes from focusing on prevention rather than a cure.”

These early career experiences laid the foundation for Buttsworth to return to study at UQ, where he completed a Master of Public Health.

Textbooks closed, it wasn’t long before Buttsworth was jetting across the globe, undertaking several roles with non-government organisations (NGOs) in developing countries.

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