The 2020 Dr Lesley Shorne Memorial Scholarship was awarded to second year Doctor of Medicine student, Vanshika Sinh.
‘Advocating for the rights of people within minority communities, particularly women, is something I am very passionate about and is the reason I applied for medical school,’ says Vanshika.
‘Receiving the scholarship has been a real privilege. It has taken some of the pressure off having to work while studying and has allowed me to instead dedicate this time to engage in learning about the inequality of the health care system for certain groups in society.’
Driven by an interest to work within Indigenous communities, next year Vanshika will do her medical placement in the Northern Territory. She says, ‘I am very excited to have the opportunity work in the Alukura Women’s Health Service in Alice Springs, a centre that is dedicated to supporting Indigenous women and babies.’
Proud to support her sister’s legacy, Dorothy Shorne says, ‘It is heartening to see the dedication to women’s health, social justice and equity that these students demonstrate, initially in their placements and later as qualified medical practitioners. The scholarship benefits not only the recipients, but ultimately the patients with whom they work.’
Associate Professor Alison Jones, Dean of Education for the College of Medicine and Public Health has witnessed the positive impact the scholarship is having on her students. ‘There is much evidence among our students of their commitment to social justice, support for disadvantaged groups, and for giving a voice to those that may not be heard,' says Associate Professor Jones.
‘Community partnerships such as the Dr Lesley Shorne Memorial Scholarship continue to foster this message and are fundamental to our preparing future doctors to stay true to these values.’
Flinders University would like to thank the supporters of the Dr Lesley Shorne Memorial Scholarship for sharing Dr Shorne’s passion for positive change through advancing women’s health. Read below the positive impact the scholarship is having on our medical students.