2020 marked ten years since the passing of highly regarded women’s advocate Dr Lesley Shorne, but her legacy continues through the Dr Lesley Shorne Memorial Scholarship.
For more than 25 years, health professional and proponent of social justice, Dr Lesley Shorne (BA ’81, BMBS ’84) worked tirelessly to support advancements in women’s health. A leading forensic examiner and pioneer of cervical screening, Dr Shorne achieved significant improvements for women in medical and legal processes relating to sexual assault.
In 2010, when Dr Shorne passed away at just 53 years of age, her family chose to create a scholarship at Flinders University to continue her important work in women’s health and advocacy.
The Dr Lesley Shorne Memorial Scholarship assists female, mature-entry Doctor of Medicine students with costs associated with their degree and supports their study / life balance. Since 2012 the scholarship has assisted nine female mature age entry students – five are now graduate doctors.
The 2020 Dr Lesley Shorne Memorial Scholarship was awarded to second-year Doctor of Medicine student, Vanshika Sinh.