In March Stephanie King, a research officer from the Centre for Rural and Remote Health, was presented the Des Murray Scholarship Youth award for her ongoing and outstanding commitment to the local community and her commitment to improving the health status of people in the North West region.
Ms King is an advocate for young people and said receiving the award was overwhelming.
"I was in shock because myself and two colleagues had lodged an abstract six months before to see if we could present a talk about being health advocates within the community," Ms King said.
"We wanted to share our personal experiences and journey - to advocate and explain the benefits of being involved in community groups that help to improve health."
Ms King was nominated for the award by Director of the Centre for Rural and Remote Health, Professor Sabina Knight.
Ms Knight said the National Rural Health Awards recognise the outstanding contributions of leaders, youth and unsung heroes in our industry.
"I was inspired to nominate Stephanie for her ongoing contribution to tougher issues in rural health and our community, evidenced through her work in areas of drug issues, family support, domestic violence and youth empowerment.
"She is an emerging researcher and a highly valuable member of our JCU team in outback Queensland. We are all very proud," Professor Knight said.
The 15th National Rural Health Conference was held in Hobart on March 24-27 with the theme 'Better Together'.
The Des Murray Scholarship was established by the NRHA in 2000 to recognise Des Murray's major contribution to the rural and remote health community, and as a reminder his work.
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