Dr Garang Dut shows how the COVID-19 crisis has exposed the fragility of Melbourne’s South Sudanese community
Dr Garang Majok Dut is a 2017 Roth/Segal John Monash Harvard Scholar who resettled in Australia under the humanitarian program for refugees in 2005. His education at the University of Melbourne, Harvard University and the University of Oxford has not distanced him from the shared experiences of other members within Melbourne’s South Sudanese migrant community. 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. His article makes valuable recommendations for implementing pandemic measures with respect to CALD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) communities.
Dr Garang Majok Dut is currently second to the Department of Health in Canberra, a Fellow in Health Systems at the Australian National University, Advisor / Action Researcher at the Australian Department of Health, Policy Fellow at Australia's Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and former Surgical Registrar at Alfred Health in Melbourne.