Charlotte Lakey hopes to be kicking goals for rural health after she finishes her nursing course at Australian Catholic University.
“I definitely want to work in the country,” she says. “I love the community and the fact that people look out for each other.”
Kyneton born and bred, Charlotte went to school at Sacred Heart College where she volunteered at the school soup kitchen and got a taste for giving back to the community.
Helping Charlotte at the start of her university journey is a 2016 Give Them Wings Scholarship, provided by the Royal Flying Doctor Service Victoria in partnership with Rural Health Workforce Australia.
The $2,500 scholarship, targeted at Victorian country students interested in health careers, will help cover the costs of Charlotte’s first year studies. It includes a Royal Flying Doctor experience and is generously funded by volunteers at the Bayside Auxiliary of RFDS Victoria.
Meanwhile, Charlotte is literally kicking goals for the Kyneton Tigers women’s football side.
“Footy is a release from everything,” she says. “It’s great being part of a team – they’re like your family. You know they’re 100 per cent behind you.”
Since enrolling at university, she has also joined the “team” at OUTLOOK Rural Health Club, part of the National Rural Health Student Network. She says this helps her stay connected to rural health while studying in Melbourne.
“Everyone has a right to access health care, but sometimes that is hard in Australia because of the tyranny of distance,” she says. “Practising in rural Australia one day means I will be acting as part of the solution.”