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RDAA Medical Student of the Year Award


Telstra RDAA Medical Student of the Year Award 

Each year, the Telstra RDAA Medical Student of the Year Award, is offered by the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) and supported by the National Rural Health Students’ Network (NRHSN) and Rural Health Workforce Australia.

Applications are open to all medical students who are:

  • currently studying at an Australian university;
  • a member of a NRHSN Rural Health Club; and
  • progressing the objectives of RDAA, which focus on advancing the health of Australians living in rural and remote communities through the provision of a vibrant and sustainable medical workforce.

The RDAA Medical Student of the Year 2014 will receive $2,000 to support them in a rural health focused project,
which could include a rural placement
. Once the award winner has undertaken their project, they will be involved with
RDAA, NRHSN and RHWA promotional activities as well as writing an article for both of these organisations’ publications.


Applications must be submitted through the Smarty Grants application form and include:


o Your name and contact details – address, email and mobile phone number
o Your university
o The year of study you are currently completing
o The NRHSN Rural Health Club you are a member of
o Two 300 word referee letters, one from a clinical reference and one from a reference linked to your community
engagement activities
o Details of your intended project/placement, along with the benefit for you and rural health, if you were
successful.


Your application must address the following areas in relation to your involvement in rural health through the Smarty Grants
application form.


• Community participation/engagement (Rural Health Club and National Rural Health Students’ Network
involvement, rural health and career promotion, community participation and volunteer work)
• Advocacy activities (eg. communications/contributions to increase awareness of rural and remote health,
participation with rural health organisations)
• Clinical activity (eg. clinical placements in rural and remote areas)


The winner will be announced at RDAA’s and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine’s Rural Medicine
Australia conference (www.ruralmedicineaustralia.com.au), to be held in Sydney from 30 October - 1 November 2014. The
successful applicant will be required to attend this event. RDAA will fund your travel to/from the conference,
accommodation at the conference, your conference registration, and your attendance at the conference awards
dinner.


Entries and queries should be submitted through the Smarty Grants applications form found at:  https://rhwa.smartygrants.com.au/RDAAMedicalStudentoftheYearAward


Danielle McDonald, Rural Health Workforce Australia
danielle.mcdonald@rhwa.org.au or phone 03 9860 4700


Terms and conditions:


• Applicants must be a member of a NRHSN Rural Health Club to be eligible
• Current members of the NRHSN Student Executive are not eligible
• Applications must include all the above specified information or the application will not be eligible
• Applications must be submitted by 11.59pm Monday 7th July for consideration. Any applications received
after this time will not be eligible.

 

Previous RDAA Medical Student of the Year winners

2013 - Jerry Abraham Alex 

2009 - Shannon Nott

2012 - James Roth

2008 - Jeremy Wells & Andrew Webster

2011 - Francesca Garnett

2007 - Angela Titmuss

2010 - Heather Hanks

2006 - Lydia Scott

 

 

Telstra RDAA Medical Student of the Year 2013 - Jerry Abraham Alex

2013 Award Winner Jerry Abraham Alex with Amanda Albon, Area General Manager Far North Queensland  |  Queensland Region  |  Telstra Country WideIncoming member of the 2014 Executive, Jerry Abraham Alex has won the 2013 Telstra RDAA Medical Student of the Year Award. The fifth year medical student was recognised for his dedication towards promoting rural health as a career path and his passion for rural Australia.

Jerry has been extremely active in James Cook University's rural health club, RHINO, over the past five years, holding a variety of positions including President. 

Jerry has pioneered a literacy and numeracy program for primary schools, a sexual health education and prevention program for secondary schools and a 'Closing the Gap' Aboriginal health initiative at the Mackay Hospital, where he is currently completing his Rural Generalist GP training. 

Originally from Dubai, Jerry fell in love with being a part of a rural community, through his time spent in Shepparton in his previous career as a teacher. He is now following his dream of studying medicine to become a rural doctor. 

Telstra RDAA Medical Student of the Year 2012 - James Roth

James Roth, the Co-Chair of the National Rural Health Students Network and a medical student at Deakin University in Geelong, has won the 2012 Telstra Rural Doctors Association of Australia Medical Student of the Year Award.

James, who grew up in Orange, had previously achieved an engineering degree with honours and worked in the mining industry in Parkes, NSW. While working there he realised his passion was for caring for people in rural communities.

He left to study medicine with the goal of bringing his skills back to the bush and exploring remote parts of Australia at the same time.

James was one of the co-organisers of the 2012 National University Rural Health Conference in Creswick, Victoria – working alongside former NRHSN Co-Chair Francesca Garnett, the 2011 RDAA Medical Student of the Year.

Westpac RDAA Medical Student of the Year 2011 - Francesca Garnett

Francesca was co-chair of the National Rural Health Students Network in 2011 which represents more than 9,000 medical, nursing and allied health students at universities throughout Australia. The network is auspiced and managed by Rural Health Workforce.
News of Francesca’s award was welcomed by Dr Kim Webber, CEO of Rural Health Workforce, who said: “We’re delighted that one of our devoted student leaders has been recognised for the contribution she is making to the future of rural health."

 

Westpac RDAA Medical Student of the Year 2010 - Heather Hanks

 Heather Hanks receiving her award (2nd left), pictured with Jason Browne, Business Banking Manager Westpac, Dr Nola Maxfield RDAA President & Dr Jeff Ayton ACRRM President.  Photo by Layne Hardcastle

Congratualtions to Heather Hanks, RHINO on being awarded the Westpac RDAA Medical Student of the Year 2010 Award.  Heather was the NURHC Co-Convenor in 2009 and has been an incredibly active member of the NRHSN in her time as a medical student at JCU.

The Rural Doctor's Assocation of Australia released a Media Release highlighting Heather's outstanding contributions to rural health leading to her winning the award.

Westpac RDAA Medical Student of the Year 2009 - Shannon Nott

The Rural Doctors Association of Australia have awarded Shannon Nott with the Medical Student of the Year Award. Shannon will be provided with up to $2,000 to undertake a rural project (which can include a rural placement). Shannon has not only shown his own passion for rural health but has also been active in promoting the benefits of rural and remote practice to other health students.

To find out more about Shannon's achievements for this award click here.

Westpac RDAA Medical Student of the Year 2008 - Jeremy Wells & Andrew Webster

The Rural Doctors Association of Australia have jointly awarded Jeremy Wells and Andrew Webster with the Medical Student of the Year Award. They will be provided with up to $2,000 to undertake a rural project (which can include a rural placement). Both Jeremy and Andrew had shown and will continue to show a great interest and commitment to rural medicine and healthcare.

The Media Release announcing the award winners provides more information about the wonderful achievements and efforts both Jeremy and Andrew have made to rural health.

Westpac RDAA Medical Student of the Year 2007 - Angela Titmuss

The Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) awarded Angela Titmuss (NRHSN Co-Chair 2006) with the Westpac RDAA Medical Student of the Year award on 27 October.  Angela received up to $2,000 to support her in a rural health focused project.  The NRHSN congratulates Ange on her award and her outstanding contribution to rural health up to this point.  We are sure that she will use the award to further improve healthcare in the bush.

The Media Release announcing the award winner highlights the reasons why Angela is a very deserving winner of this award.

Westpac RDAA medical Student of the Year 2006 - Lydia Scott

Lydia Scott, AURHA Rural Health Club was awarded the 2006 Westpac RDAA Medical Student of the Year award for her dedication to rural health.

RDAA Award Media Release   The Adelaide Advertiser also published an article.

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