Monday, 13 July 2015

Rural nursing students receive study bursary

Study help: nursing students (left to right at front) Rhianan Bale, Gabrielle Miller and Mieke Polman-Short with members of the McArdle family and staff of the School of Rural Health

Three Monash University nursing students from West Gippsland have received the Tim McArdle memorial bursary to support their studies.

The bursary was set up after Dr McArdle, a highly respected local GP in the West Gippsland region, was killed in a cycling accident near Warragul in 2002. A graduate of Monash, Dr McArdle also taught and mentored local medical students over many years.

Following Dr McArdle’s tragic death, a bursary fund was established in an effort to honour the GP’s outstanding contribution to the Gippsland community. It is administered by a local committee, including School of Rural Health (SRH) Latrobe Valley & West Gippsland Director, Associate Professor Dr Joseph Tam, in conjunction with the Monash University Medical Fund.

The 2015 bursary recipients, Gabrielle Miller of Crossover, Mieke Polman-Short of Mountain View and Rhiannan Bale of Warragul, received $3000 each. Mieke and Gabrielle are studying Bachelor of Nursing, while Rhiannon is studying Bachelor of Nursing and Midwifery.

The bursaries were presented at a recent ceremony attended by members of the McArdle family and representatives of the Monash SRH Latrobe Valley & West Gippsland.

Dr Cathy Haig, Deputy Director of the SRH Latrobe Valley & West Gippsland, told the audience that the bursary was “a tremendous legacy to a doctor who was held in such high esteem”.

Commenting on the strong relationship the university has with Gippsland, Dr Haigh outlined the work of the SRH clinical schools at Latrobe Regional Hospital in Traralgon and West Gippsland Hospital in Warragul. She said students trained at the hospitals as well as being placed at local medical practices including the West Gippsland Medical Centre, where Dr McArdle practised.

“It is hoped some of these Undergraduate students will continue to return to Gippsland after graduating,” she said.

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