Early recognition for future rural and remote health leaders

17 April 2015

Two young and passionate advocates for rural and remote health services are being given a leg up to Darwin for the 13th National Rural Health Conference.

Russell Lamb, from Woomargama in New South Wales and Erin Morrison, from Kangaroo Island in South Australia, are the recipients of the 2015 Des Murray Scholarship.

Des Murray was for a long time a rural health leader who supported many self-help initiatives in rural and remote areas. The biennial National Rural Health Conference plays a key part in inspiring future leaders of the sector and Des Murray scholars are among the best and brightest.

Russell Lamb is a final year undergraduate oral health therapy student at the University of Melbourne. Having grown up in rural and remote areas he understands the challenges in accessing health services. He is undertaking research on the oral health of children and adolescents living in the Northern Territory with a view to of improving the health of young people in rural communities. He is also the Bachelor of Oral Health representative on the Graduating Class Committee at the Melbourne University Dental School.

Erin Morrison is a member of the Kangaroo Island Health Advisory Committee and is a strong advocate for young people and their health needs. She currently chairs the Kangaroo Island Youth Council and was the Island’s ‘Young Achiever of the Year 2013’. At only 17, she has been accepted into the Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) degree at Flinders University.

Those eligible for the Des Murray Scholarship are young people from a remote area committed to improving the health of people in their region. Through the Scholarship they are supported to attend the National Rural Health Conference and join a special group who have shown outstanding commitment to their local community. Their leadership will help ensure a bright future for rural and remote areas and the National Rural Health Alliance looks forward to welcoming these dynamic young leaders to Darwin for the 13th National Rural Health Conference.

Media Enquiries:: 

Gordon Gregory – Executive Director: 02 6285 4660
Tim Kelly – Chairperson: 0438 011 383
Leanne Coleman – Conference Manager: 02 6285 4660

For more information about the 13th National Rural Health Conference visit www.ruralhealth.org.au/13nrhc