Dr Garang Dut is a 2017 Roth/Segal John Monash Harvard Scholar. Having resettled in Australia from South Sudan as a refugee in 2005, he has studied at the University of Melbourne, Harvard University and the University of Oxford.
His recent article, published by the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health (Wiley), draws on past experiences from living in a refugee camp, with a view to informing health and economic policies. Particularly during the recent COVID-19 pandemic, new migrants such as the South Sudanese community in Victoria have been at a unique disadvantage through the rapid crisis response measures.
In this episode, Garang speaks with Justin about his journey as a refugee to academic, his passion for medicine, shared experiences with other members within Melbourne’s South Sudanese migrant community and how his recent research aims to help similar communities through the current COVID-19 pandemic.