Mary Curran Scholarship recipient Justine Roberts is in her final year
of the Bachelor of Nursing Practice Leadership degree at ACU North
determination comes from a lifelong dream to be a nurse. Not just any
nurse, a nurse that is for the people, regardless of who they are or
what they have done, where they're from, or what they believe in."
scholarship has helped her professional development by allowing her to
travel to East Timor to participate in the Train the Trainer program for
her second time, delivering education to local healthcare workers and
village volunteers in the provision of basic primary care.
a student nurse [for the 2014 program] I witnessed various vaccine
preventable diseases which inspired me to create a public health program
to train indigenous health care workers on the importance of
immunisation. My training program is a curriculum designed for both
health care workers and village volunteers to address key issues which
impact on the immunisation rates in Timor-Leste.
I was then invited to deliver the program in Timor-Leste in 2015.
all students, the budget is tight. My husband and I are low income
earners and raising a family on one income is tough, let alone factoring
in travel to Timor-Leste. I knew the only way this was going to happen
was if I were to apply for a scholarship. Initially, I had to decline
the Mary Curran Scholarship as the cost of the study tour exceeded the
value of the scholarship. Mary Curran made it possible by offering the
additional funds required.