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Scholarship winners announced for USA & Canada study tour

Posted 21 March 2018

The recipients of the 2018 VHA USA and Canada Study Tour scholarships have been announced, VHA CEO Tom Symondson said today. Three scholarships were open to CEOs and senior executives of VHA member organisations in a community, metropolitan, rural or regional health service.

“We are delighted to announce the scholarship recipients and look forward to them joining us on this year’s study tour, which aims to give us an insight into healthcare for Indigenous and vulnerable communities in USA and Canada,” said Mr Symondson.

The scholarships have been awarded to :

  • Michael Falloon, General Manager, Clinical and Community Services, Access Health and Community
  • Elizabeth Murdoch, Program Director, Ambulatory, Community and Allied Health Services, Mercy Health
  • Mara Richards, CEO, Robinvale District Health Services

Michael Falloon was awarded the community health scholarship. He has over 13 years experience in the community health sector, working closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, refugees, homeless youth and other vulnerable community groups. Micahel is looking forward to exploring innovative consumer engagement strategies and the use of telehealth and information systems to enhance engagement and contact with the community.

Elizabeth Murdoch was awarded the metropolitan health service scholarship. She has managed Aboriginal Programs in health services such as the New Directions: Mothers and Babies Services program at Mercy Health for five years. She also oversees the Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Program at the Mercy Hospital for Women and Werribee Mercy Hospital. Elizabeth is looking forward to exploring shared governance arrangements between hospitals and ingenous controlled health organisations for patient care.

Mara Richards was awarded the rural and regional health service scholarship. Mara is CEO of Robinvale District Health Services and ovesees the provision of health care services to Robinvale's diverse and multicultural region. She has also had experience in developing health care programs for Indigenous Australians across Victoria, Northern Territory and Western Australia and is passionate about improving the health status of the Indigenous and Horticultural workers in Robinvale.  She is interested in learning more about Indigenous and migrant healthcare and rural and remote healthcare throughout the course of the study tour.   

The successful applicants will depart Melbourne Friday 28 September and return Saturday 13 October 2018.

For more information contact 03 9094 7777.

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