At the recent end of year dinner and prize presentation for the University of Tasmania Rural Clinical School, the RDAT/ACRRM Award for 2015 was presented to final year student Sarah Henderson. The prize is awarded to a final year student who has shown an outstanding commitment to rural health across the final two years of the medical undergraduate course. The prize was presented by Dr Alexandra Smith, Secretary of the RDAT and rural GP from Huonville in southern Tasmania.

Associate Professor Peter Arvier from the UTAS Rural Clinical School, and member of the RDAT Executive said “Sarah embodies the next generation of rural generalist practitioners with the strength, passion, and skills to provide a broad scope of medical practice across rural Australia”. He added “While many of the RCS students would be worthy recipients of this prize, Sarah has stood out because of her enthusiasm for every area of medicine she has experienced in her undergraduate training and her exemplary capacity as a role model for other students pursuing rural pathways.”

Sarah, who grew up in rural Western Australia before moving to Tasmania, undertook her final attachment as a medical student with four week’s experience with the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Tasmania and Broken Hill after winning the RFDS Fred Mackay Scholarship. She described this experience as “being invaluable for my future medical career” and being impressed by the “wonderfully resourceful people living in those remote environments”.

Sarah returns to Hobart in 2015 to commence her intern year.

Sarah is pictured below with Dr Alexandra Smith and Associate Professor Peter Arvier.