Tireless La Trobe Academic Recognised for Remarkable Community Work

La Trobe University's Dr Apollo Nsubunga-Kyobe, who lectures at the Shepparton Campus' School of Business, has been recognized by the Victorian Government for of his extensive contribution to the lives of his fellow Victorians, and his name added to the Victorian Refugee Recognition Record.

Dr Apollo was one of 28 award recipients added to the Victorian Refugee Recognition Record in a ceremony at the Immigration Museum in Melbourne on the 19th of June.

Acting Premier Rob Hulls and the Minister Assisting the Premier on Multicultural Affairs, James Merlino, presented the certificates before officially launching the Victorian Government's $20 million refugee support strategy.

Arriving from Uganda in 1986, Dr Nsubunga-Kyobe has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of new migrants. He was instrumental in forming one of the most efficient African-run settlement service providers servicing African and other migrants in the Greater Melbourne area, the Eastern and Central Africa Communities Australia Inc.

He has since gone on to set up two other community organisations - The Goulburn Valley Ethnic Professional Association and The Goulburn Valley African Communities Association (of which he is President).

"Apollo's work has helped to provide a direction for the campus research, and his involvement with these community groups acts as bridge between the University and the Shepparton community," said Elizabeth Lavender, Executive Director of La Trobe's Shepparton campus.

Dr Nsubunga-Kyobe was inspired to change the plight of refugees to Australia after witnessing many fellow refugees and migrants unable to cope with a lack of support. The organisations he founded now offer resettlement and integration services, trauma counselling and community development support services.

He is also involved in advocacy and policy change initiatives through his work on numerous ethnic peak bodies, including the African Think Tank Inc, Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria, Brotherhood of St Lawrence, and African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific.

Dr Nsubunga-Kobe is also involved in advocacy and policy change initiatives through his work on numerous ethnic peak bodies including the Brotherhood of St Lawrence.

Dr Nsubunga-Kyobe said it was a great honour to have his efforts recognised.

"I am using my knowledge to make a significant contribution and I am proud I can use the recognition from this award to make further advancements," he says.

Dr Apollo said significant changes are being made through his work, but there is still much more to do.