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SOPHIA HOLLAND LECTURE 18 JULY, WITH PROF PATRICIA M DAVIDSON, VC UNIVERSITY OF WOLLONGONG – ‘WOMEN’S HEALTH IS GLOBAL HEALTH’

The Graduate Women NSW Sophia Holland Lecture once again features a leading educator in Professor Patricia M. Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN, Vice-Chancellor and President (2021-present), The University of Wollongong.

Professor Davidson is a global leader in health education, an advocate and champion of women’s health and one of only ten women Vice Chancellors in Australia.

11am MONDAY 18 JULY – VIA ZOOM
BOOK NOW: Christine Yeats (Treasurer) ciyeats@gmail.com


Professor Davidson joined the University of Wollongong as Vice-Chancellor in May 2021. Prior to her current role, she was dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in Baltimore in the United States. In 2021 she was the recipient of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Distinguished Leader Award. This honour celebrates her exceptional contributions to the advancement of global health worldwide.

As a global leader in nursing, health care, and advocacy, Professor Davidson’s work focuses on person-centred care delivery and the improvement of cardiovascular health outcomes for women and vulnerable populations. She has extensively studied chronic conditions, transitional care, palliative care, and the translation of innovative, acceptable, and sustainable health initiatives across the world.

Professor Davidson serves as counsel general of the International Council on Women’s Health Issues, and was a past board member of CUGH and secretary general of the Secretariat of the World Health Organizations Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery. She also serves on the Board of Health Care Services for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in the United States.

Please check the INVITATION and don’t forget to book in for the Zoom presentation (11am, Monday 18 July) by emailing GW-NSW Treasurer, Christine Yeats on ciyeats@gmail.com

There is no fee for the event, however, you may like to make a contribution to GW-NSW or the Education Trust (BSB: 012 670 / ACC: 300 706 398  Please use your name and ‘Sophia Holland’ in the description).

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

JEAN ARNOT RECOGNITION FOR SOME INSPIRING MEMBERS

Each year the Jean Arnot Annual Luncheon remembers Ms Jean Arnot’s contribution to the struggle for equal pay for equal work and honours women in their 90th year and older for service to their community.

Graduate Women NSW is proud to have so many long-standing members, several of whom we’ve been able to recognise for their service. We hope you enjoy reading about these inspiring women.

Mrs Yvonne Jayawardena

Yvonne Jayawardena (Recipient of Luxembourg Award – War Resistance and the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal for Nursing)

Born in Luxembourg, an activist for health, equality and the Australian Democrats. Candidate for Vaucluse in 1991, for the House of Representatives, Wentworth in 1984 and 1987, and Councillor for Waverley Municipal Council from 1987-91.

Yvonne has an extraordinary past. Her secondary education, in the Lycee, Esche was interrupted by World War II due to her participation in the resistance of her country, and for this she was interned by the Gestapo. Upon her return to Luxembourg she was not allowed to continue her higher education, but was forced to work in a steel plant. Transferred to the plant’s laboratory, she worked in inorganic chemistry.  At 18 she was forced into a national work program in a camp.   

When Luxembourg was freed by the American forces, she went on strike in the work camp. Remarkably she was then ordered into military training to go to the Russian front. She escaped, making her way to the front line by the Rhine. When after six months in hiding, the American forces arrived, she escaped, on a Russian truck making her way to the Luxembourg border where she was returned to Luxembourg by the Canadian Red Cross.

Upon her return, she went back to her secondary education, completing three years of secondary study in three months!  Yvonne went on to study Nursing at the University of Brussels, Belgium (1945-1948) and following this, she completed clinical nursing studies in Belgium and Denmark. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and an American University Women’s Scholarship (1951), and completed a Bachelor of Science. She then lectured at the University School of Nursing and completed a Master’s Degree in Research Methods (New York, 1954). During the late 1950’s she became Assistant Director, at the Florence Nightingale International Foundation situated with the International Council of Nurses, London. 

She arrived in Australia in 1960 and married Dr. Chandra Jayawardena, then a lecturer in Anthropology. She initially came to Australia as a consultant, and then became Director of the National Nursing Education Division. Her son Rohan was born in 1964. In 1975 she took further courses in statistics, and subsequently worked as an assistant to Professor Palmer at the School of Health Administration, UNSW. From 1975-1978 she undertook research for the NSW Nurses Education Board and contributed to a book with Dr. Palmer (Dept. of Sociology), including research in areas of interest: Karitane and Nursing education. She worked for the Tertiary Education Department of UNSW.

Tragically, Yvonne lost her husband in 1981 when he was 52. She had always been interested in politics, and became a member of the Australian Democrats. She stood as a candidate for two Federal and two State elections, resigning from the party in 1988. Yvonne’s interest switched to local government and she was a local government Councillor from 1987-1991, and addressed parliament on local issues.     

Why she joined Graduate Women Yvonne joined Graduate Women in the early 1980’s. During this time she attended meetings of the National Council of Women and conducted research about women experiencing domestic violence. She became interested in the education of women and considers it an important element in their empowerment. She has maintained her membership since this time. Yvonne has been a tireless advocate for women and relocated to Canberra (2016) to be closer to family. Graduate Women-NSW is honoured and privileged to have Yvonne as one of our members.


Dorothy Balcomb OAM

Dorothy Balcomb OAM

Dorothy was born in Cowra to George and Anne Davidson who lived on a farm at Gambarra, Greenethorpe. Dorothy attended Greenethorpe PS and Grenfell IHS. She matriculated 1944 to the University of Sydney graduating BA1947, DipEd 1948.

Dorothy taught at Queanbeyan IHS, Grenfell IHS, and Mudgee HS. She then spent nearly a year and a half overseas, some of that time with a French family to improve oral French. Returning to Sydney in 1954 she taught at the Conservatorium High School. She resigned from teaching in 1955 to marry Harold Balcomb, a farmer at Toogong.

It was eleven years before Dorothy returned to her profession. However she was certainly kept busy helping with the farm books and office, producing two sons and a daughter, supporting Harold as he took on executive positions in NSW and national farming and rural organisations. She was also very active in her community. Dorothy was founding President of Canowindra & District Historical Society, has written several books on local groups and is now Honorary historian. She was a leader in the Girl Guides Association at community and District level and was one of four representatives from NSW at Queen’s Coronation, London, 1953. She has also worked with the Australian Red Cross (Cudal); the Country Women’s Association of NSW (Canowindra); Cudal Show Society Women’s Auxiliary; and various Musical and Dramatic Activities in Cudal, Canowindra and Cranbury. Dorothy was also involved in Cranbury Uniting Church especially in music as singer and organist, organising Back to Cranbury celebrations and recording the church’s history.

Dorothy’s life was to change dramatically in 1965. She heard of a meeting at the Hotel Canobolas in Orange of a newly forming branch of the Australian Women Graduates Association. She applied for membership and has been a member ever since of the Central West Branch. She became a member of the committee and later secretary and president. Apart from local activities, Dorothy attended some triennial meetings and conferences at state, national and international level. The first was in 1981 at state level in Sydney at the NSW Biennial Conference. Her first Triennial Australian Conference was in Tasmania. Then she represented the Central West Branch at the 32nd Triennial Conference in Melbourne and attended the Triennial International Federation of University Women (IFUW) Conference in 1992 at Stanford University, California.

It was not only a whole new interest for Dorothy but the reawakening of her professional life. At Dorothy’s first Graduates’ meeting the guest speaker was Professor Leonie Kramer. Her theme was that married women graduates had a duty to use their training and talents and return to or enter the work force. It was just the encouragement Dorothy needed. In 1966 she applied to the Department of Education for a teaching position and was fortunate that there was a vacancy in 1967 for a teacher of French and English at Canowindra Central School.

After five years at Canowindra, she needed a change of direction. Having majored in Psychology in her Arts Degree she applied and was accepted in 1972 into the NSW Department of Education School Counsellor Training Course. She and her daughter moved to North Sydney for the year and in 1973 she was appointed District School Counsellor to Forbes High as her centre, Cowra High as her second centre, and a total of twenty-five schools in her district. She travelled over 25,000 miles that first year alone. Dorothy retired in 1984 at the age of 57 but continued working part time until she was 75. Dorothy was a Registered Psychologist, NSW from 1991 until final retirement.

On the Queen’s Birthday of June 2006, Dorothy was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division: ‘For service to education as a teacher and counsellor, and to the community through a range of historical, youth and charitable organisations.’

We at Graduate Women-NSW are honoured and privileged to have Dorothy as one of our members.


Doreen Todd OAM

Doreen Todd OAM

Doreen was born in Waverley, Sydney the elder daughter of Bill and Edna Relton. She attended St Catherine’s Anglican School for Girls (1934-46) before enrolling in Arts at the University of Sydney while at the same time continuing her piano and singing studies at Sydney Conservatorium of Music achieving her AMusA. She transferred to Physiotherapy in1950 and graduated with Dip.Phthy in 1953.

She married Robert Todd in 1952 and immediately experienced the difficulty of finding employment in the Departments of Health – both State and Commonwealth – due to her marital status. This was her first experience of discrimination. Doreen was unable to obtain Income Protection Insurance because she was a woman, and there were no superannuation schemes readily available.  Even when she joined the Department of Health she was still unable to access superannuation because she was not employed full time. This discrimination led to her keen interest in gender equity issues.

Doreen eventually found work at Rachel Forster Hospital for Women, a hospital run for women by women (1953-4) and then the Spastic Centre at Mosman (1955-7). After time out to raise three children, she returned to practice as a locum and eventually established her own private practice, where she continued until 1981. She joined the staff at Neringah Hospital and specialised in the treatment of Motor Neuron Disease (1980-2000).

Throughout her life Doreen has been involved in volunteering.  As a teenager during WW2 she joined her mother to entertain soldiers on leave in Sydney with singalongs and chatting to lonely young men with nowhere to go. She joined Soroptimists International in 1982 and held many executive positions at club, region and federation level.  She was made an Honorary Life Member in 2021. She joined the NCW NSW in 1994 as a Soroptimist delegate, was elected to its Executive Committee 2002-2017 and President 2008-11.She joined the Women’s Club in 2012. She has regularly entertained residents in nursing homes and hospitals and for many years Doreen was a Volunteer Court Support worker at Manly Court.

In the Queen’s Birthday list 2019 Doreen was awarded an OAM for ‘services to women’.

Her interests include reading, current affairs, music, education for all, gender and what she calls cultural equity.  She is a fan of most sports, and enjoys attending musical events whenever she can. She has two sons and a daughter, and six grandchildren, who, she says, are the light of her life.  She enjoys spending time with them but tries not to be an interfering grandmother!

A firm belief in the importance of education led Doreen to join AFGW-NSW in 2012. She was elected president of the North Shore Branch in 2013 and in 2018-20 was State president.  She also contributes as a Trustee of their Education Trust. Graduate Women-NSW is honoured and privileged to have Dorothy as one of our members.


Joan Bell

Joan was born in Sydney to Dr Leslie Parr and his wife Lucrecia. She was the elder of two girls. Dr Parr was a graduate of the University of Sydney and practiced in Ashfield before specialising in rheumatology. He was the Liberal member for Burwood in the NSW Parliament from 1951 till his death in 1956. Her mother trained as a nurse at Newcastle Hospital.

Joan was a student at PLC Croydon and MLC Burwood before matriculating to the University of Sydney where she graduated with an Economics degree specialising in Government in 1952. She obtained a Library qualification from the State Library of NSW and worked briefly in the library at the Sydney Technical College before becoming secretary to a NSW Senator.

In 1950 she married Stanley Bell of Strathfield. They had one daughter and four sons in a family that has now grown to eight grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren and counting. Joan has dedicated her life to her family, her church and active volunteering. She has worked with the School of the Deaf, mentally and physically disabled groups, Meals on Wheels, the Home Library Service.

One thing that has played an important role in her life is Graduate Women, of which she has been a member from around 1960. She first joined the Western Suburbs Group and claims it was ‘one of the best decisions in my life‘. She has been active and on committees at branch and state level. In the 1970s when they moved to Longueville she joined the River branch. In the 1980s they mover to Exeter and finding there was no group there worked with Jan Milburn and Alison Stalley to found the Southern Highlands branch. Returning to Sydney, Joan reconnected to River Branch and then to the North Shore Branch.

During her long membership Joan has attended International Graduate Women’s conferences at Stirling, Vancouver, and San Francisco and extended her friendship circle from the women there who shared her belief in the great contribution of education to women’s lives. While her increasing age has curbed her active involvement in Graduate Women we were delighted that she could join us in celebrating our Centenary year. GW-NSW is honoured and privileged to have Joan as one of our members.


Kathleen McCredie AM

Kathleen was the first child and only daughter of Dr Donald McCredie and his wife Ida nee Thompson. Ida was the first European child born on the Diamantina River near Birdsville and later trained as a nurse. Kath was followed by brothers Richard Michael, who became a cardiologist, and Donald John who became a lawyer and District Court Judge.

The family grew up around Roseville and from 1940-45 Kath was a secondary pupil at Abbotsleigh where she became a Prefect. She matriculated to the University of Sydney where she achieves a BA and a Diploma of Social Studies. Kath was an active and involved student at university and held executive positions in the Women’s Union, the Women’s Sports Association, the Guide Club and the Evangelical Union. Kath also starred and won University Blues in hockey and cricket representing Sydney in the varsity sports in every Australian capital.

After graduating Kath embarked on what was to become a life passion of adventurous travel. In 1951 she left with her great friend Grace for England and hitch-hiked in Europe catching up with relatives in Stockholm. She taught in East London but still made time to travel around southern Europe with friends. In May 1952, after answering an advertisement in the Times Education Supplement, she took off to Canada as a driver for the Anglican Sunday School Mission spending four months in Manitoba, three months in British Columbia, then Prince Rupert Land visiting families and holding church services. Six week later after travelling across USA she returned to the UK in January 1953. Her parents joined her there for the Queen’s Coronation and together they drove around Europe. Since then Kathleen has been trekking in Nepal, and visited Russia, India, China, Oberammergau (1960, 1980), Canada, South America, South Africa and UK.

Returning to Australia at the end of 1952, Kath embarked on her long career in teaching. In 1954 she taught at SCEGGS Moss Vale. In 1955 Kath was appointed foundation Head of SCEGGS Wollongong where she remained for fifteen and a half years. Her final move was back to her alma mater Abbotsleigh where she was Head from July 1970 till her retirement in December 1987. During that time she was President of the Association of Independent Schools – NSW in 1975 and 1985. The boarding house opened at Abbotsleigh in 1990 was named in her honour. In the Queen’s Birthday honours 1989, Kath was awarded AM for her services to education.

Kath has been a member of Graduate Women-NSW since 1960.She was instrumental in the foundation of the Illawarra branch in 1962 and hosted their annual dinner at Gleniffer Brae, the manor building taken over by SCEGGS Wollongong. Returning to Sydney she increased her involvement at the North Shore Branch and at state level. Since her retirement to Molong near Orange she has been part of the Central West branch.

We at Graduate Women-NSW are honoured and privileged to have Kathleen McCredie as one of our members.


 

PROJECT FOR ACTION – RISE Education with SHINE FOR KIDS

This year’s Project for Action is the RISE Education program run by SHINE FOR KIDS. The RISE Education program gives primary-age students with a parent in prison access to a support system that encourages their learning and development.

SHINE for Kids has been delivering programs and services to children and young people affected by the criminal justice system for 40 years. 145,000 children under 16 have had a parent in custody. As SHINE describes, children with a parent in prison are the invisible victims of crime, experiencing additional trauma associated with having a parent in prison, as well as disruptions to their care and education. It’s no surprise that women and their children are disproportionally represented in this area with 60% of women and 46% men in custody having children.

Nationally, SHINE delivers programs in 32 correctional centres and provides community programs in NSW, ACT, QLD, VIC and WA. Graduate Women’s Project for Action shines a spotlight on this organisation delivering important programs to children’s education and invites members to donate to the fund. You can read more about the work of SHINE for KIDS and the RISE Education program.

If you would like to donate to the RISE Education program, please direct your donation using the options below:

ONLINE: GW-NSW (ANZ) ACC: 300 706 398  BSB: 012 670 (Please include RISE + your name)

BY CHEQUE: LG Floor, 280 Pitt St, Sydney 2000 (Please include RISE + your name)

CENTRAL WEST SUPPORTING REGIONAL WOMEN

The Central West Branch of Graduate Women NSW has been supporting local girls and women for decades. At their recent presentation ceremony, long time Scholarships Coordinator Dr Lois Foster took great delight in sharing her experience and presenting this year’s Dr Barbara Wright Scholarship to Emma Stubbs from Galambine NSW.

Dr Lois Foster with Emma and Dr Jane Baker

Dr Wright was a beloved general practitioner in NSW’s central west, and also a respected member and executive of the Central West Branch of GW-NSW. In her honour, a Postgraduate Scholarship was established to support local women to pursue and attain a postgraduate degree.

Dr Barbara Wright

Dr Barbara Wright

Emma holds a First Class Honours Science (Neuroscience) degree from the University of New South Wales.  She has been accepted into the postdoctoral Doctor of Medicine Program at the University of Sydney. The stream she will join within this degree requires 4 years of F/T study and has a specialism in rural medicine.  Emma intends to join a rural practice on completion. This accords with the spirit of the award as applicants must have a connection with rural/regional NSW to be eligible.

Emma related that she was excited to be doing her postgraduate degree in Medicine at the University of Sydney and said, “it had been a dream of mine for some time to study medicine, because I love learning about biology and the human body, and I believe working as a doctor will give me the opportunity to give back to my community, whilst being a very fulfilling profession. My interest in healthcare was influenced by my rural upbringing in Mudgee NSW, where the desperate need for more doctors and other health professionals is very evident.” 

Emma previously studied a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Neuroscience, at UNSW, and worked at IVF Australia as an embryologist before commencing her postgraduate studies. 

Travelling to the ceremony were Graduate Women NSW President Tricia Blombery and Education Trust Chair, Dr Jane Baker. They joined Central West President Jenni Fagan and other executives in celebrating Emma’s success and the long running success of the Central West awards program.

Congratulations to Emma and we look forward to staying in touch with her progress.

 

GRADUATE WOMEN JOIN NCW NSW TO CELEBRATE HISTORY

As one of the foundation groups of National Council of Women NSW, Graduate Women-NSW were thrilled to celebrate their twice postponed 125th+ Anniversary at QVB Tea Room, in Sydney.

Two tables of our members supported the celebration. The National Anthem was led by soloist, Clare McCallum and Councillor Yvonne Weldon, City of Sydney and Deputy Chairperson, Metropolitan Aboriginal Land Council and proud Wiradjuri woman, gave us a moving Welcome to Country.

Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of NSW

The highlight of the day was NCW NSW Patron, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, who delighted us with ‘setting the scene’ of what Sydney was like at the time of the inaugural meeting at the Sydney Town Hall, with 200 women in attendance. She also talked about the Windeyer family, the built environment of the 1890s, and the various tea rooms that were in existence around Sydney where women would meet.

Stuart Grigg and Dr Barry Baker representing GW-NSW

Unfortunately, the advertised guest speaker, Geraldine Doogue AO, was unable to attend due to ABC commitments. Most impressive was Leshia Bubniuk, of the Ukrainian Women’s Association, who bravely and cheerfully MC’d the event. She, and her large group of members all in hand-embroidered traditional garments, were devastated at the end of the event to hear the tragic news that the Russian President had given the order for a military invasion of their country.

GW-NSW President Tricia Blombery has sent warm wishes to Leshia and was pleased to hear in return that the close family members of some of the attending women (mostly Australian born) have been able to escape to Poland.

 

Members and executives of Graduate Women

Photos courtesy of volunteer photographer, Michael Mannington OAM.

CELEBRATING OUR SCHOLARS – AWARDS PRESENTATION

Members were finally able to meet some of our deserving 2021 awardees at the Celebrating Our Scholars event held on Thursday. It was worth the wait as this warm and intimate event enabled the executive to meet and present three of our scholars with their award certificates: Rhianne Scicluna – The Tempe Mann scholar, Halle Quang – the co-recipient of the national Barbara Hale Fellowship, and Natalie Purcell – the 2020 Education Trust awardee.

Halle Quang with President Tric Blombery and ET Chair Jane Baker

Rhianne Scicluna being presented

Natalie Purcell receiving her award

It was great to be able to meet safely in person, however, it was unfortunate that Sarah Clark – the 2021 Joan Bielski scholar – was unable to attend due to COVID affecting her family. Sarah sent some heartfelt words regarding being the recipient of this three-year scholarship:

“Financially attending university was filled with guilt and feelings of selfishness, that with every text book, computer or stationary item I needed I was taking money away from the family. I constantly questioned if I was doing the right thing studying at my age. While applying for the scholarship and reading about the Joan’s pioneering work and that of the GW-NSW I was inspired to think that maybe I was on the right path. Receiving the news, I had been awarded the Joan Bielski scholarship reinforced my belief I was doing the right thing.”

Sarah went on to say how “this second chance at education and improving my situation also provides an example to my children, that with hard work anything is possible and to never limit themselves.”

Everyone is thrilled for Sarah that she has completed her first year of a Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Wollongong and obtained high results. She expressed that with the support of the scholarship, ‘she has ‘the drive and passion to succeed not only through the degree but perhaps through further study and beyond into the workforce.’  Sarah hopes to pursue her areas of interest within social work: advocacy, policy and mediation within family services, justice and aged care.

At the event members enjoyed hearing from each award recipient about their study plans and aspirations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Education Trust – with tax deductible status – supports several of these awards that inspire, support and encourage women to reach their potential through higher education. We thank all members and associates who have generously donated to the Trust and Graduate Women’s state awards program.

ET Chair Jane Baker and President Tric Blombery with Joan Bielski’s nieces and members, Louise and Helen Ward

National CIR, Shirley Randell with Halle Quang and her charming son Hudson

GW-NSW AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDEE

We’re pleased to announce the GW-NSW Award at this year’s National Council of Women NSW’s ‘Celebrate Being Australian Event’, was presented to History student Siobhan Ryan. Siobhan graduated with First Class Hons and the University Medal in History. Her work traverses several disciplines and her prize winning publication in the journal of the ‘Australia New Zealand American History Society’ has already attracted international interest.

Siobhan’s History Honours thesis was entitled, ‘Clearing some 35 acres of slum”: Darlington, the University of Sydney, and the Right to the City, 1958–1975′.  It interrogates the University of Sydney’s destruction of the working-class community of Darlington from the 1950s, an area populated by WWII immigrants and refugees. She hopes to complete a PhD in the history of education, combining her interest in social justice, academia and history.

We wish Siobhan well with her continued work and study, and look forward to staying in touch with her progress. We also congratulate all the wonderful women students receiving recognition at the event.

2021 PRIZES AND SCHOLARSHIP LIST

GRADUATE WOMEN NSW is delighted to share a complete list of prizes, awards and scholarships conveyed in 2021. We congratulate all of these deserving women students.

Many of these awards are funded entirely from the generous donations of members and friends of GW-NSW. If you would like to assist in supporting the awards and scholarships program, please contact the office gwnsw@netspace.net.au to discuss your donation.

2021 GW-NSW PRIZE & SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS (based on 2020 Academic Year)

GW-NSW Inc Education Trust Scholarships and Awards

GW NSW Tempe Mann Travelling Scholarship
Rhianne Scicluna who holds a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) and is a current PhD candidate in the faculty of Science (USYD), her thesis title: ‘Novel Therapeutics for Opioid Use Disorder’. She has been accepted to the lab of A/Prof Erin Calipari (Pharmacologist) at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

2020-23 GW NSW Joan Bielski Scholarship (support provided for 3 years) – For a mature age student in first year of Undergraduate Study

Sarah Clark studying a Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Wollongong 

GW NSW Central West Dr Barbara Wright Scholarship (Biennial Award)
Emma Stubbs – Emma holds a First Class Honours Science (Neuroscience) degree from the University of New South Wales.  She has been accepted into the postdoctoral Doctor of Medicine Program at the University of Sydney commencing in 2022. The stream she will join within this degree requires 4 years of F/T study and has a specialism in rural medicine. 

GW NSW Inc Tish Proctor Memorial Prize – USYD Most proficient woman student in First Year Government
2019 – Mackenzie Haynes
2020 – Onor Nottle

GW NSW Inc Tish Proctor P/G Prize Most proficient woman student doing postgraduate coursework study in public policy, administration and affairs in Government – USYD
2019 – Laura Moss
2020 – Eleni Stratton

GW NSW Joan Ritchie Award (For a woman student in her second year of her first undergraduate degree)
Hannah Griffin – Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Wollongong

GW NSW Education Trust Award (For a woman student in the third year of her first degree)
2020: Natalie Purcell – Bachelor of Science (Zoology)/Bachelor of Natural Science (Animal Science, Western Sydney University
2021: Stephanie King – Bachelor of Design in Architecture, University of Technology in Sydney

GW NSW Jamieson Award 2020 (judged on completed degree in 2019 or 2020)
Vaidehi Mahapatra – Bachelor of International and Global Studies and Bachelor of Laws student, University of Sydney

GW NSW Inc State Awards and Prizes 

GW-NSW Centenary Award
Alana Munro: Alana holds a Bachelor of Health Science from the University of Sydney and transferred from a Master of Research to a Doctor of Philosophy at the same university. The title of her thesis is: Menstrual hygiene management among adolescent females: a comparison between Australian and South East Asia. Her award was presented by the Governor of NSW, Her Excellency The Hon Margaret Beazley QC.

GW NSW Award as part of NCW Australia Day Awards January 2021
Event not held in 2021

GW NSW University of New England Award: Science (BSc)
Lisa Wootton

GW NSW University of New England  Award: Arts (English) (BA)
Sonja Zodrow-Martin

GW NSW Gina Savage Prize: Outstanding woman graduating in Science at University of Wollongong
Sienna Casolin

GW NSW Prize in 200-level English Macquarie University
Michelle Meghan Rademeyer

GW NSW Prize in English II Essays University of Sydney outstanding achievement for essays in English
Brianna Mifsud
Clio Davidson-Lynch

GW NSW Gladys Marks Bursary for a mature-aged woman student completing a degree at USYD
Name withheld

GW NSW Prize in Mathematics USYD for top woman Honours graduate
The prize was shared between two students:
Huansang Xu in Applied Mathematics
Anne Hu in Statistics/Data Science

Branch Awards 

CANBERRA 

Mavis Prater Prize/s for Women in Mathematics at Australian National University (jointly funded with ANU)
Laura Anne Liersch

Canberra Branch & ANU College of Asia & the Pacific Prize for woman student with the highest mark in first class honours
TBC

CENTRAL WEST 

Cowra-Canowindra HSC Scholarship (Two recipients)

Cara Kemp – from Cowra High School, studying a Bachelor of Nursing at Canberra University

Georgie Fisher – from Canowindra High School, studying a Bachelor of Nursing at University of Wollongong

Central West Branch DR BARBARA WRIGHT Post Graduate Scholarship (Biennial Award)
See above as part of Education Trust Awards 

CITY 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mature Age 2nd year Student Award
Held over 

City Branch TAFE Tertiary Preparation Course Award for Academic Merit and Proceeding to University Studies
Jasmine Fuentes now studying B. Communications (Social & Political Studies) and a Bachelor of Arts at UTS – nominated by St Leonards TAFE
Elli Rinehard now studying B. Forensic Science at UTS – nominated by St Leonards TAFE

NORTH SHORE 

North Shore Branch Prize for 300 Level Psychology – Macquarie University for proficiency in 300-level Psychology, Faculty of Human Sciences
Visnja Vlahovic

North Shore Branch Prize for 200 Level Modern History – Macquarie University for proficiency in at least 2 units at 200-level Modern History
Imogen Lees

North Shore Branch Prize for 200 Level Ancient History – Macquarie University for proficiency in at least 2 units at 200-level Ancient History
Kathryn O’Donnell 

North Shore Branch Prize for 200 Level Bio Science – Macquarie University for proficiency in at least 2 units at 200-level Biological Sciences
Hailey Heersche

National Awards 

Barbara Hale Fellowships
Thuc Hao (Halle) Quang holds a Bachelor’s degree (with Honours) in Psychology and Education from Ho Chi Minh University of Education in Vietnam and an MSc in Brain and Mind Science from the University of Sydney. As a current Scientia PhD candidate at the School of Psychology, University of New South Wales, Halle’s research investigates how and why people with neurological disorders have reduced motivation and apathy, a condition that can seriously affect quality of life for patients and for their carers. 

Lauren Alesi is a doctoral candidate at the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute, within the department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology at Monash University. She also completed her undergraduate studies at Monash University, receiving her Bachelor of Science (Honours) in 2019. Her Honours project – which focussed on characterising the impact of emerging cancer therapies on ovarian function – ignited her passion for research and motivated her to pursue her doctoral studies.

The Georgina Sweet Fellowship
Yao (Jackie) Lu completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Adelaide and a BSc (Hons) at the Florey Institute at the University of Melbourne. Jackie is currently a PhD student at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Monash University, where she previously worked as a research assistant in the Molecular and Translational Drug Discovery laboratory; where her referees described her as “an accomplished laboratory scientist.”. The focus of her PhD research is to understand the molecular mechanisms of activation of a promising receptor protein as a potential target for treating schizophrenia.

JOAN BIELSKI SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT ANNOUNCED

After a rigorous assessment and interview process, the Scholarship Co-convenors are delighted to announce the recipient of the third  Joan Bielski Scholarship is Sarah Clark.

Sarah is in her first year of a Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Wollongong. Her dedication to her studies has shown in her excellent grades and her academic referee conveyed: ‘I have absolute confidence in Sarah’s ability to complete her studies and pursue her career.’

Sarah and her eldest son are the first in their family to attend university and it was the desire to set an example that inspired Sarah to pursue higher education. As she stated, ‘My chosen degree in Social Work will provide me opportunity to advocate for marginalised people as Joan did, allow me to continue to provide a positive example to my children and allow me to reach my goals.’

Joan Bielski was a leading advocate and activist for equality for women in employment and education. She was a founding member of the Women’s Electoral Lobby and the NSW Women in Education group. Joan was recognised for her work being made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) and also named Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for her ‘service to the community, particularly through programs to encourage women’s participation in political life and through continued contributions to the principles of equal opportunity, access to education and social reform.’ The Joan Bielski Scholarship was made possible by a generous bequest from Joan who wanted other women to enjoy the ‘second chance’ that she experienced when attending university, as well as the generous donations of family, friends and GW-NSW members.

The previous recipients of this scholarship were both dedicated students who excelled in their studies. Alison Crowe is now a fully qualified Social Worker at Calvary Mater Hospital Newcastle, who has worked in Oncology, Haematology and Surgery. Kate Mulder went on to complete her Honours year in 2020.

We thank this year’s applicants and short listed candidates for their time and effort and wish them well with their continued studies. We also congratulate Sarah and look forward to the opportunity to present her award in person at a later date.


 

A WONDERFUL CELEBRATION – THE GW-NSW CENTENARY EVENT

On 22 May, Graduate Women-NSW held a very special event – celebrating 100 years (1921-2021) of graduate women connecting with other international graduate women organisations. Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of New South Wales was in attendance (seen above with President ‘Tricia Blombery, Mr Stuart Grigg, Dorothy Hoddinott AO and Mr Dennis Wilson) and presented the Centenary Award to mark the occasion. Congratulations to the recipient Alana Munro and a huge thank you to all who made this event so special.