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Recipients of the 2022 AFMW Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Purple Bush Medicine Leaves Bursaries Have Been Announced

2022 Bursary recipients announcement

Following on from our 5 July NAIDOC Week Bursary Celebration, the Australian Federation of Medical Women is very pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 Purple Bush Medicine Leaves Bursaries, having recently celebrated last year’s inaugural bursary recipients.


Congratulations to the 2022 AFMW Purple Bush Medicine Leaves Bursary Recipients!


We are very pleased to profile the three candidates who have each been awarded a Bursary of $1000 to contribute to career, leadership and professional development activities.

Thanks to the donations from our sponsors, and the generous contributions received in conjunction with the Purple Bush Medicine Leaves NAIDOC Week Celebration, we have a solid foundation to guarantee funds for next year’s Bursary Programme, and into the future.

We also look forward to the imminent announcement of the inaugural 2022 Queensland-based NCWQ QMWS Bursary for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical woman, sponsored by Mater.


Donor Acknowledgement

We are very grateful again in 2022 for the ongoing support from First Nations businesses including Regional Economic Solutions (through Director, Ms Leann Wilson), and The Myuma Group (through Managing Director,  Adjunct Associate Professor Colin Saltmere AM) .

We also gratefully acknowledge the ongoing and generous support in 2022 of Ochre Health (headed by CEO Dermot Roche, and Mater, who provided important contributions to our recent NAIDOC Week Bursary Celebration.

Watch the beautiful Purple Bush Medicine Leaves Bursary Celebration Video provided by Ochre Health.


Ochre Health Vimeo





PROFILE – Ms Lauren Roth, Final Year Medical Student


“I greatly appreciate it. I’m thrilled and honoured to be chosen for this award. With your scholarship, I am excited to be able to attend the AMSA Global Health Conference this year.”


2022 Bursary Recipient Ms Lauren RothMs Lauren Roth, is a Tjungundji/Torres Strait Islander woman, and final year medical student at Griffith University on the Gold Coast.

“My journey into health started as an Aboriginal Health worker then Registered Nurse before pursuing medicine. My story about my journey into medicine is important to me because it demonstrates that there is more than one path into medicine.

Next year I will be completing my Internship at Tweed Hospital. After completing my internship, I wish to pursue a career in General Practice.

I am committed to continuing to support patients on their health journeys, addressing not only their biomedical needs but also their psychological and spiritual needs.

I plan to continue working in community controlled medical centre to promote the importance of regular health checks, living a healthy lifestyle, early intervention and preventative health checks such mammograms. Preventative health is an aspect of health that I am very passionate about.

As a doctor, I would like to be a part of implementing programs which are community driven and improve the health outcomes of First Peoples.”




Congratulations Lauren.

See also Dr Nicole Whitson’s and Dr Sarah Jane Springer profiles.




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