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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.