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Physio student wins scholarship

Tuesday, 21st April, 2009

A former Willyama High School student who is now studying to become a physiotherapist has been awarded the 2009 David Bowler Memorial Award.

The $5,000 scholarship has been awarded to Stacey Hunter who is currently in her third year of a four-year Bachelor of Physiotherapy course at Charles Sturt University in Albury.

The award, sponsored by Greater Western Area Health Service and City Council, is an annual grant that commemorates the name and work of the late Dr Bowler, who was a highly-respected paediatrician at the local hospital. The award is a $5,000 lump sum payment to a student pursuing a course in a health-related discipline at a recognised tertiary institution. Greater Western Remote Cluster General Manager Rod Wyber-Hughes said the scholarship was designed to encourage local students to pursue studies with a view to then practicing in Broken Hill. "I would like to congratulate Stacey on winning this year's scholarship," said Mr Wyber-Hughes. "In her application, Stacey demonstrated a commitment to practicing in rural NSW and plans to come back to Broken Hill to work as a physiotherapist. "She will also complete a month-long placement within Broken Hill Health Service in June this year," he said. "Stacey has chosen to study a field that is currently experiencing a nation-wide shortage and we look forward to working with her when she completes her studies." Broken Hill City Council General Manager Frank Zaknich commended Stacey on her achievement. "Council and the Broken Hill community compliments Stacey on being awarded this important local health scholarship and in turn looks forward to her successful return to Broken Hill for placements and eventually professional practice," said Mr Zaknich. Stacey completed her High School Certificate in 2005 at Willyama High School and was awarded the Ruben F Scarf Award for Commitment, recognising a consistent effort and desire to improve. Stacey said she wished to thank Greater Western and Broken Hill City Council for making the scholarship available, and said it would go a long way to helping her meet the cost of living. "I'm very thankful for the award and it gives me a great opportunity, by helping meet financial costs incurred in doing clinical placements at different places," she said. "These scholarships hopefully, can encourage Broken Hill locals to pursue university study. "I know how hard it is for rural students and this award will be a great help."

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