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Celebrating the Dr Renée Sheedy Scholarship

Tuesday, 28 March 2023

Last week Barwon Health staff, friends and family gathered to celebrate the 2023 Dr Renée Sheedy Scholarship.

The Dr Renée Sheedy Scholarship was established in 2017 to honour the memory of Renée, a senior neurological physiotherapist and one of Barwon Health’s pioneer allied health clinician-researchers. Renee passed away from brain cancer in 2014 and was posthumously granted a Doctor of Physiotherapy (Professional Doctorate) by La Trobe University.

Last year’s recipients of the award, Natasha Curham (Speech Pathology) and Erin Parker (Social Work) demonstrated how the award helped them to reach their research goals, with both recipients now moving forward into new research projects. Richard Larson, Research Ethics Officer, provided an overview of research ethics and the support that can be offered to clinicians by the REGI team at Barwon Health.

Renée’s son Harry proudly presented scholarships to the two 2023 recipients and reminded guests of his mother’s passion for research grounded in clinical practice and the importance of support and enthusiasm. Congratulations to this year's recipients:

  • Catherine Williams, Physiotherapist. Catherine's research is about building capacity to increase allied health engagement in clinical trials.
  • Kylie Casey, Speech Pathologist. Kylie's research is about how healthcare practitioners interact with aphasic clients in the community.

The Dr Renée Sheedy Scholarship is an award of up to $1500 and assists allied health staff with the costs associated with eligible research-relevant activity.

Thank you to everyone who attended and particularly Renée’s family for their heartfelt and enthusiastic support.


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