Our Rural Talent Development Awards were established in 2019 as a pilot with Monash University. These awards go towards assisting medical students, with outstanding career vision in rural general practice, to continue their career goals. We have now established awards with the four universities which train medical students within our footprint.

  • Monash University
  • Deakin University
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of New South Wales

The awards were disrupted during 2020 with some university rotations affected by COVID-19 lock-downs.

Award winners 2021

Molly Cookson – University of Melbourne

Congratulations to final-year medical student Molly Cookson, the recipient of one of our rural talent development awards for 2021. Molly is from a farming family and appreciates the difficulty of attracting GPs to rural settings.

“In the future, I want to prevent this and be part of the solution. I aim to train as a rural generalist, which will allow me to service the community, both as a GP and in the hospital setting,” she said.

Molly would like to complete an advanced skill in emergency health or obstetrics, due to the importance of these skills to rural communities. Well done Molly, we can tell you’re on your way to becoming a key part of the community as a rural GP.

Miriam Brownstein – Deakin University

In this acceptance video for her 2021 rural talent development award, final-year Deakin medical student Miriam Brownstein tells the remarkable story of how she developed her passion for rural general practice. Growing up in Timboon in rural Victoria, Miriam had first-hand insight into the essential contribution of the town’s two GPs — they were her parents.

Emma Sutton – Deakin University

In her acceptance video, Emma explains that winning a rural talent development award has assisted her financially in undertaking a rural placement. She discusses her passion for rural Victoria, her aim of becoming a rural generalist and why she’s loved every specialty she’s come into contact with during medical school.

Award winners 2020

Sachin PhakeyUniversity of Melbourne.

Thank you to MCCC and to the University of Melbourne for presenting me the Rural Talent Development award. I am very grateful to be the recipient. The award allowed me to purchase medical equipment and a medical textbook, which I would not have considered without the award. I continue to use these very useful materials. In the future, I look forward to contributing to the care of Australia’s rural communities, both as a doctor and as a fellow community member. Thank you once again to MCCC and the University of Melbourne for recognising my interest and passion for regional medicine, particularly following my placements in Bairnsdale, East Gippsland.

Timothy O’Hare – University of Melbourne.

Award statement to come.

Note: No other university awards were completed during this year due to COVID impacts.

Inaugural award winners 2019

Georgia Smith and Madeleine Tickle – Monash University.

Watch Georgia’s acceptance speech.

See Georgia’s story.

See Madeleine’s story.