With a dream to become a Radiographer, Olivia moved from a small rural town in the Queensland countryside to study Medical Radiation Science (Diagnostic Radiography) at the University of Newcastle.

The first of her family to attend University, she has volunteered for a variety of causes in support of the Townsville Floods, Drought Relief, Bandanna Day, Day 4 Daniel and ZONTA, where she helped to prepare birthing kits for women in third world countries.

It was through this volunteer involvement that Olivia discovered her passion to help people and their communities, and the reason she chose to pursue a career in the health field. So, when she received a scholarship to support her with some of the costs of studying and relocating to Newcastle, she was over the moon.

“My biggest personal achievement is being a recipient of the Betty Fyffe Rural Allied Health Scholarship.

“The happiness and excitement I felt upon finding out I was a recipient of this scholarship is something I will take with me for the rest of my university journey,” she said.

In her first year of the four-year degree, Olivia decided to specialise in Radiography as it presented her with the opportunity to support patients and their medical journeys.

“Radiography uses cutting-edge technology, based on the latest technological advancements.

“This means that Radiographers never stop learning and there are plenty of opportunities for further education and professional development in the industry,” she said.

Olivia is excited to have chosen such a ‘hands-on’ course that offers more than 40 weeks of Professional Placement. And she plans to complete the final year of the degree at the University’s Department of Rural Health in Tamworth to gain specific experience helping to improve the health outcomes for people in rural communities.

“Having had my family and I raised in rural and remote areas, I am a strong believer that no matter where someone lives in Australia, they should have access to a high level of quality healthcare,” Olivia concluded.

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Olivia Brown

Olivia Brown

With a dream to become a Radiographer, Olivia moved from a small rural town in the Queensland countryside to study Medical Radiation Science (Diagnostic Radiography) at the University of Newcastle.

Having had my family and I raised in rural and remote areas, I am a strong believer that no matter where someone lives in Australia, they should have access to a high level of quality healthcare

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