Staff awarded scholarships

East Grampians Health Service presented a number of scholarships and bursaries to staff at the recent annual general meeting.

The scholarships and bursaries are awarded to staff who wish to further their studies and build on their careers in the clinical field.

EGHS Building for the Future Foundation chair David Hosking presented two $10,000 bursaries.

Rebbekkah Seeary will continue her studies for an Advanced Diploma of Dental Prosthetics and Jessica Baird will undertake a Bachelor of Nursing.

“Workforce is the most crucial element in offering services,” Board president Matthew Wood said.

“We congratulate the Building for the Future Foundation for their initiative of supporting East Grampians Health Service’s Strategic objective of developing a rural centre of excellence for obstetrics and these scholarships support this.”

The Angela Laidlaw Clinical Scholarship was awarded to Louise Westrup, who will complete a Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Specialisation Dialysis).

The scholarship is donated by the Laidlaw family in memory of Angela whose love and commitment to the health service inspired her family to commemorate her in this way.

The intent of the scholarship is to generate benefits for EGHS and individual staff who are linked to Angela’s name and memory, thereby ensuring that Angela’s contribution to EGHS and the community continues into the foreseeable future.

“The Laidlaw family are very pleased to be partnered with East Grampians Health Service to award the clinical scholarship in memory of Angela,” Andrew Laidlaw said in presenting the award.

“The scholarship is designed to assist members of staff with further education and training and supports East Grampians Health Service’s strategy of helping staff to develop.”

The Freemasons Victoria Bursary was awarded to Narelle Briggs, who will undertake a Bachelor of Nursing.

“Freemasons Victoria is very pleased to award this Scholarship to assist members of East Grampians Health Service staff with further education and training,” Bill Jones, from the Freemasons United Ararat Lodge said.