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Travel award to illuminate radiation therapy techniques

Tuesday 15 May 2018 11:59am

Angela Allen Travelling Scholarship recipient Ellyott Rouse and Development and Alumni Relations Office Director Shelagh Murray on 12 May

The Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO) proudly joined Bachelor of Radiation Therapy graduands for pre-graduation ceremony celebrations at the Dunedin campus’ Staff Club on 12 May.

Division of Health Sciences Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Crampton and Radiation Therapy Practice Fellow Billie Mudie congratulated students on their achievements and presented commemorative pins to class members, before DARO Director Shelagh Murray presented the Angela Allen Travelling Scholarship to Ellyott Rouse.

Ellyott said she was thrilled to receive the award, which would enable her to travel to an international conference in Milan next May.

“I’m very interested in palliative care and am looking forward to learning more about various specialist techniques that will help me in this area. It’s a very rewarding field to work in because you can do little things that may stabilise peoples’ conditions, and make a huge difference for their quality of life.”

Ellyott, who also received the Department’s academic achievement award, has enjoyed working as a Radiation Therapist at Auckland City Hospital since November last year.

Shelagh says the Angela Allen Travelling Scholarship is a great example of how backing from Otago’s supporters enhances opportunities for graduates.

In 2003, Charles Allen supported a scholarship that was named in honour of his late wife Angela, a radiographer, who died of breast cancer.

The scholarship has since been awarded annually to the top overall Bachelor of Radiation Therapy graduate. The Allen family have maintained an interest with the department and each recipient has received a signed certificate, personal letter and copy of Angela’s eulogy from Charles Allen.

The Department of Radiation Therapy is the national provider of undergraduate and postgraduate education in this field, and has run courses at the University of Otago, Wellington, since 2001.

The Department partners with several District Health Boards, private centres and a private Australian provider, who deliver the clinical aspects of the degree programme.