Photo: Russell Thompson with (left to right): Helena Manis (MDA National), Kylie Philippzig (MDA National) and Anita Rodrigues Macias (RDAA).

Highly dedicated fifth year UNSW medical student from Tamworth, Russell Thompson, was the recipient of the 2018 MDA National and Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) Rural Health Bursary valued at $7,000.

Russell’s passion is to pursue his career in Obstetrics. He plans to use the bursary to support a four-week rural placement at Tamworth Base Hospital’s Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department, as well as a further four-week placement at Broken Hill Base Hospital and with the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

The MDA National Rural Health Bursary is an award providing financial support to young and inspiring Indigenous medical students to assist them on their pathway into rural health medicine.

The bursary stems from the shared understanding by RDAA and MDA National of the challenges impacting rural and remote doctors. The bursary aims to encourage, support and nurture Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors for the benefit of the wider community.

Read the MDA National and RDAA joint media release for more information.


kellyWe documented Kelly Langford, the 2017 winner of the MDA National and RDAA Rural Health Bursary, on the positive outcomes she has achieved through the bursary.

Watch Kelly's video.