This year’s recipient of the 2017 David Bowler Memorial Award $5,000 scholarship has always dreamed of becoming a Midwife and is very grateful the bursary will help her fulfil that lifelong dream.
Broken Hill resident Lindsey Ball began her Midwifery degree last year at University of South Australia and for the next three years will be juggling studies, clinical placements and raising her young family of two daughters (aged 2 and 5) with her husband.
Lindsey was thrilled when informed she was the successful applicant for the scholarship. “I’ve wanted to be a midwife since I was 15 years old!” she said. “Helping bring life into the world is such a beautiful honour and midwifery is an extremely privileged career. Working with women and families during the most monumental times of their lives is endearing. I’ve always been passionate about becoming a midwife and I’ve waited what feels like my whole life to begin, although now I feel it is the time I can wholeheartedly commit to this career and with the wonderful support of my husband and children, I can be a stay at home mum and pursue my dream.”
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 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.
Lindsey said she and her family are extremely grateful to the family of the late Dr David Bowler, the Far West Local Health District and BH City Council for making the scholarship possible.
“It is an honour and a privilege to be awarded the scholarship. It will be a huge help for when I have to travel to Adelaide for university and for text books and I wish to thank everyone for helping to make the scholarship possible.”
The 31-year-old said she looked forward to one day joining the Maternity Unit as a full-time midwife. “I think midwives and women here are so fortunate to have the continuity of care model that the Maternity Unit offers. It helps empower women in pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period and it is the gold standard of care. We are very blessed to have the midwives that we have here.”
Broken Hill Health Service General Manager, Mr Ken Barnett, congratulated Lindsey on winning this year’s scholarship.
“On behalf of the health service, we wish Lindsey well in her studies and look forward to one day welcoming her to the great Midwifery Team we have here.
“It is gratifying that the scholarship is allowing someone to pursue a lifelong dream to have a career that will help so many women and their families.”
Broken Hill Mayor Darriea Turley also congratulated Lindsey on winning the scholarship.
“Each year this prestigious award provides a massive boost to a local looking to forge a career in health care, and I congratulate Lindsey on being a very worthy selection,” said Mayor Turley.
“It’s wonderful to see the award go to an enthusiastic and driven young woman who is pursuing study in such an important field.
“On behalf of Council and the Broken Hill community, I wish Lindsey every success in her studies, and hope she has a long and prosperous career providing vital medical care and support to women of the Far West for many years to come.”