2013 VIC Young Australian of the Year Finalist
Linny Kimly Phuong is the founder and chair of The Water Well Project, a not-for-profit organisation that delivers healthcare information sessions to migrants, refugees and asylum seeker communities throughout Victoria.
By developing health literacy, the aim of The Water Well Project is to improve the health and wellbeing of migrants by empowering them to seek health care when they need it and to engage more effectively with the Australian healthcare system.
To date, The Water Well Project has delivered more than 300 sessions with the support of volunteers, public donations and grants. It is estimated that these sessions have reached over 2,500 individuals with flow-on effects to their family and friends.
The Water Well Project has been recognised in the Victorian Refugee and Asylum Seeker Action Plan 2014-2018 and was a finalist in the 2014 Melbourne Awards for Community Contribution.
In addition to her voluntary work with The Water Well Project, Linny is a general paediatrics and infectious diseases fellow at the Royal Children’s and Monash Children’s Hospitals in Melbourne.
Reviewed 30 September 2019