Ex-Willyama student wins Bowler Award
Tuesday, 22nd March, 2016
A former Broken Hill student who is studying Medical Radiation Science at university is the recipient of the 2016 David Bowler Memorial Award $5,000 scholarship.
Emma Hurst, 19, is in her second year of a Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga.
The former Willyama High School student said she hopes to return to work in Broken Hill after she graduates.
“I have already gained many skills which I feel could be important assets to the health discipline and to helping maintain the health of the community,” Emma said.
The David Bowler Memorial Award, sponsored by the Far West Local Health District and Broken Hill 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 Broken Hill Health Service.
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.
It is designed to provide financial support to a local student by helping pay for the costs associated with that study.
Ms Hurst said she chose to study medical radiation science for its diagnostic modality, and medical imaging after completing a placement at the Broken Hill Health Service.
“I chose Medical Radiation Science because I feel the modality has a lot to offer, as without diagnosis there would be no treatment. The profession constantly offers new challenges and there are always obstacles that need to be overcome.
“In practical classes I became immensely interested in medical imaging and after my placement at the Broken Hill Hospital, I knew this was what I wanted to do in the future.”
Ms Hurst expressed her appreciation to the family of the late Dr David Bowler, the Far West Local Health District and BH City Council for making the scholarship possible.
“I wish to thank everyone very much and the scholarship will be a huge financial help to meet living and studying expenses,” she said.