Associate Professor Andrew Block

Distinguished Alumni Award 2015 - Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor Andrew Block is a clinician-leader with joint appointments in the School of Clinical Sciences...

Distinguished Alumni Award 2015 - Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor Andrew Block is a clinician-leader with joint appointments in the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash University, and Monash Health. 

In 2006 he was appointed as Director of General Medicine at Dandenong Hospital, and in 2010 began as Director of Refugee and Asylum Seeker Health at Dandenong Hospital, culminating in his appointment as the Program Medical Director of the Special Medicine program at Monash Health overseeing fourteen specialty units.

Associate Professor Block is a clinician, leader, researcher and policy advisor for Refugee and Asylum Seeker health in the south east of Melbourne. 

He held the role of Clinical Dean for the School of Clinical Sciences (Dandenong Hospital) from 2006 to 2012, at the Level of Senior Lecturer. 

He is Chair of the Personal and Professional Development Committee (Theme 1) for the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery in the School of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing Health Sciences, and a member of the Faculty Board.

Associate Professor Block developed and led the "Hands on Health" educational initiative under the 'LEAP' program. The program, designed for disadvantaged and refugee secondary school students, won the 2010 Monash University Vice-Chancellor's Social Inclusion award and the 2013 Australian Marketing Institute Awards for marketing excellence.

Since 2010, the program has grown exponentially and now supports over 300 students each year through the final four years secondary school with educational and vocational support, work experience programs, study preparation courses, immersive university summer camp experiences and interview/UMAT preparation courses. 

He was invited to speak on this project at the 2012 Berlin World Health Summit and the Monash University Employability Symposium.

His action-oriented research seeks to improve healthcare access for asylum seekers and refugees. Associate Professor Block developed and leads holistic Refugee and Asylum Seeker health care services operating across the primary and tertiary sector in the southeast of Melbourne through the Monash Refugee Health and Wellbeing Service, currently operating from the Thomas Street integrated healthcare precinct in Dandenong. 

The service’s mission is “Surviving to Thriving”, and now encompasses innovative programs addressing the social determinants of health to facilitate self-determination.

Associate Professor Block has been a recent past member of the Joint Advisory Committee (Health and Mental Health Subcommittee) for the Nauru offshore detention program, and was recently appointed to the Independent Health Advisory committee to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, overseeing health provision in all Australian detention facilities.

In 2014 Associate Professor Block was invited to be keynote speaker at the NSW Department of Health Agency for Clinical Innovation staff forum, and the 3rd annual APAC forum in Melbourne alongside Lisa Bisognano from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. 

His model for clinical innovation, engagement and advocacy is being considered for broader healthcare reform in New South Wales.