Cara's $500 study boost

Thursday 24 October 2013

Third Year ANU Medical School student Cara Evans is the recipient of a cheque for $500 from the Goulburn Branch of the NSW Farmers Association.

This comes as a vital funding boost to Cara during her long term rural placement in Goulburn for 2013.  Cara is one of seven students currently doing a 12 month rural placement in Goulburn studying Medicine, Surgery, General Practice and Paediatrics at the Goulburn Base Hospital.

Cara was presented the cheque by NSW Farmers Association Secretary/Treasurer Noel Lawton during a morning tea held on August 28 at the ANU Medical School Goulburn campus, located on the grounds of the Goulburn Base Hospital. The NSW Farmers Association was also represented by Goulburn Branch Chair Margaret Cameron, Tony Morrison, Jan Lawton and Alix Turner.

Dr Isabella Hawke, Senior Lecturer and Academic Coordinator at the ANU Rural Clinical School in Goulburn, thanked the Association for their involvement in the scholarship.  Cara has put the funds to use already, purchasing a paediatric stethoscope and diagnostic set to help develop her clinical skills during her paediatric rotation.  Cara is originally from Sydney but has spent several years in rural areas.

Cara is the recipient of a medical rural bonded scholarship and is looking forward to returning to a rural area in the future.

The Goulburn NSW Farmers Association Scholarship started some years ago after Dr Hawke and Dr Tony Whelan gave an informative talk about the ANU medical course to the Goulburn Branch AGM.

Third year students undertaking the Rural Stream with a rural background are invited to submit a brief 250 word statement outlining their previous experience of living in a regional, rural or remote area and how the scholarship would benefit their studies during the rural stream year.

Article and photograph reprinted with permission from the Goulburn Post, p12, 16 October 2013. Photo: Alix Turner, Noel Lawton, Margaret Cameron, Tony Morrison, Dr Isabella Hawke and Cara Evans at the August 28 morning tea.

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