Crestani scholarships for clinical school students

For the first time ever at the new $85 million Central Coast Clinical School on the grounds of Gosford Hospital, final year medical students will be able to apply for scholarships under the Crestani Scholarship Foundation.

Students will be awarded a total of $30,000 over three years to continue medical studies under the Foundation-funded Cancer Medicine Student Scholarships.

The initiative will be officially announced at the annual Crestani Scholarship Awards Night on December 10 at the new modern, purpose-built Clinical School, with scholarships valued at approximately $85,000 to be awarded this year.

“The building will be a wonderful retreat for our annual awards as we not only offer scholarships but also thank the many wonderful sponsors and volunteers who ensure the Crestani Foundation continues to thrive,” said its founder, Yvonne Kristani.

Their continued support ensures that the Foundation delivers better outcomes for cancer patients in the Central Coast through education.

“This year has added excitement not only to receive the awards at the new clinical school, but also to celebrate our collaboration with Newcastle University.

“This means that this is not just a building but a great learning space.”

Kristani founded the foundation in memory of her husband Chris, who was the chief radiologist at St Vincent’s Hospital and sadly died of cancer.

A number of fundraising events are held throughout the year with proceeds earmarked to fund annual scholarships and grants aimed at supporting the education of radiotherapists, physicists, nurses and medical students now in their final year.

The event will be hosted by Central Coast Clinical School Operations Director Claire Bridgeman, and will see successful radiotherapy students studying for their degree at Newcastle University presented through their scholarships by Associate Professor, Yolanda Sorgan, Newcastle Radiation University Chair and Director of Therapy at the Global Center of Excellence for Research and Training in radiation oncology.

“Supporting the Kristani Scholarships over the past three years has been instrumental in not only giving students opportunities to participate in clinical research and refining their skills, but has also led to continued employment in some cases,” said Sorgan.

Bridgeman said the simulation center at the new center, which is on the same site with Gosford Hospital, has introduced the latest technology.

“This technology allows simulated experiences in clinical life situations and supplementation, and enhances clinical education for health and medical students in a safe space,” she said.

Scholarships for this year will include the Rural Equity Scholarship, First in the Family Scholarship, Central Coast Cancer Center Scholarships, Central Coast Community Scholarships, Women in Leadership Scholarship, Volunteer Scholarship and Pathway Scholarship.

Funding will also be provided for three radiotherapists at the Coast Central Cancer Center to participate in the Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiology’s Zoom conference, a physicist to attend the Zoom International Physics Conference and one scholarship per year for five years for MRI radiotherapy courses.

Media statement, November 30
Kristani Foundation

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