Dr Bethany Holt

“The voice of doctors can be extremely powerful, and it is incredibly important that, as a profession, we advocate for vulnerable populations and promote public and planetary health."

Dr Bethany Holt is a graduate who has served the community both locally and internationally through voluntary medical and public health work and research.

Holt initially completed a Bachelor of Arts (Economics and International Relations) at The University of Queensland in 2012, before undertaking a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.

In 2017, she graduated from the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery with a University Medal and was named the Faculty of Medicine Valedictorian.

Since 2014, Holt has volunteered with local community groups in Queensland promoting female hygiene initiatives and campaigned for action on climate change and refugee and asylum seeker health. She also volunteered overseas during her summer break to provide assistance at medical clinics and development programs in Timor-Leste.

Holt’s honours year research project concerned strategies to improve early childhood nutrition programs through health system strengthening in the Solomon Islands.


UQ Graduate of the Year (created by Alumni Friends)
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Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (First Class Honours)
Bachelor of Arts