A former Broken Hill student who is currently studying Occupational Therapy at university in Adelaide is the recipient of the 2015 David Bowler Memorial Award $5,000 scholarship.
Ms Ashton Grose (20) is currently in her third year of a five-year Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Occupational Therapy course at Flinders University in Adelaide.
The former Willyama High School student said she hopes to return to work as an Occupational Therapist at the Broken Hill Hospital when she graduates. She said the scholarship will be a big help in meeting the expenses of living and studying in Adelaide.
“I’m very grateful to the Bowler Family, Far West LHD and BH City Council for making the Award possible. It will help out a lot and I wish to thank everyone so much,” she 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 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 Grose said she was inspired to become an Occupational Therapist after doing work experience at the local hospital during Year 10. “I went to the OT Department every Wednesday and that got me interested. I really want to work in the paediatrics field of OT, working with and helping children, that is what is most appealing to me.”
Broken Hill Health Service Acting General Manager, Mr Sam Lazarus, congratulated Ms Grose on winning this year’s scholarship.
“The scholarship was designed to encourage locals to pursue studies in a health-related field with a view to then practicing in Broken Hill and it is particularly pleasing that a recipient of the scholarship was inspired to pursue a medical profession after completing work experience in the hospital.
“It is also very pleasing to hear that Ashton wishes to work in the Broken Hill Health Service Occupational Therapy department upon her graduation. We wish her well in her studies,” said Mr Lazarus.
Broken Hill Mayor Wincen Cuy said the David Bowler Memorial Award was significant in promoting the wonderful health services available in Broken Hill.
“Not only is this award a prestigious honour, it also encourages young health professionals to consider a career in rural practise and that is extremely important for the Far West region. By supporting our young health students we are always hopeful that their experience here in the Far West will have them consider this as a place to advance or even establish their careers,” said Mayor Cuy.
“The David Bowler Memorial Scholarship provides a hands-on experience in country life and more importantly gives access to a wide-range of health professionals and those in the important area of health service delivery. On behalf of the Broken Hill community I wish Ashton all the very best with her health pursuits.”