First-year medical radiations student Erin Vallance is spreading her wings thanks to a scholarship from the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Originally from Tyntynder, near Swan Hill, she is determined to work in the country when she graduates.
Vallance said she was fully aware of the benefits of locally based radiography services.
“It means people don’t have to travel far away to get diagnosed,” she said.
Vallance knows that a picture really does tell a thousand words when it comes to medical imaging and radiations.
She knows this first-hand from relatives who have had scans for everything from knee injuries and heart conditions to multiple sclerosis.
“It’s critical to pinpoint the issue so it can be treated properly,” Vallance said.
She said Swan Hill hospital, where she completed Year 12 work experience in the radiography section, was fortunate to have x-ray and CT imaging facilities.
Vallance would love to work there in the future, having grown up locally and valuing the close relationships that people have in her community.
Her transition to university has been made easier thanks to a 2015 Give Them Wings scholarship, provided by the Royal Flying Doctor Service Victoria in partnership with Rural Health Workforce Australia, the peak body for the state and territory Rural Workforce Agencies.
The $2500 scholarship for Victorian country students interested in health careers will help cover the costs of Vallance’s first year university studies.
The scholarship includes a Royal Flying Doctor experience and is generously funded by volunteers at the Bayside Auxiliary of RFDS Victoria.
“I’d like to say a massive thank you to the Bayside Auxiliary for making this scholarship possible,” Vallance said.
Since enrolling at RMIT, Vallance has joined the OUTLOOK Rural Health Club, which connects her to the National Rural Health Student Network.