A woman studying nursing has become the first recipient of the Leo Casey Scholarship award, announced at Rural Northwest Health’s Annual General Meeting recently.
Katrina Fallon, lived in many states and worked many diverse jobs before settling in Minyip.
The scholarship will financially support her through her nursing degree at the University of Ballarat.
Ms Fallon who only has six months remaining in her degree said she would like to focus on full-time palliative care.
“In six months time I will be a graduate and hopefully I will be able to continue on with palliative care, which I really do enjoy. It’s really important that we not only live with dignities but we die with dignity, it means a lot to me,” Ms Fallon said.
“I would like to say thank you. It has been a long couple of hard years. Once a few people found out I was doing it I just had unconditional support and so much help through it all.”
Long serving board member Carolyn Morcom who worked alongside former board director Leo Casey, congratulated Ms Fallon for her achievement.
“I would like to congratulate Katrina for being the first recipient of our Leo Casey Scholarship award. Leo our beautiful board member for approximately 20 years was chair person. He is an incredible mentor and incredibly passionate about Rural Northwest Health, and to this day Leo remains that,” Mrs Morcom said.
“Katrina lost her mum to ovarian cancer, and since then she’s been dedicated to raising awareness and also funds for this cause.
“She would like to focus full-time on palliative care and have the honours of helping people die well.”
The Leo Casey Scholarship was an initiative started by the board members of RNH which celebrates the commitment and contribution of the former board chair and director Mr Casey.
RNH board Director Glenda Hewitt announced the introduction of the scholarship at their Betty Richardson Awards dinner.
The intention of the scholarship is to provide an important opportunity for team members who wanted to further develop their career.
Mr Casey thanked Ms Fallon for her dedication to her nursing career.
“Congratulations, we at Rural Northwest Health certainly follow your career with much interest and we thank you for your contribution you’ve already made,” Mr Casey said.
The scholarship announcement was the second honour in six months for Mr Casey, after he was awarded a life governorship at RNH’s General meeting in November 2018. Leo Casey joined the board in 2006 during a period of heavy restructure and a year later he was appointed chair. He remained in that role until a year ago.