Congratulations to Angela Redfern. Angela has been accepted into the Doctor of Medicine program at the University of Notre Dame, WA starting in 2020. We are delighted for Angela and wish her all the very best as she begins the next stage of her studies. Angela, an AVCAT Alumni was awarded the Long Tan Bursary…

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By Amanda Drought As an avid animal lover, and Dr Harry fan, my ambition to become a vet started from a young age. As I grew older this ambition stuck with me and grew stronger. My bi-cultural, Indonesian and Australian, upbringing allowed me to realise a large contrast in animal welfare standards between South-East Asia and…

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Alessandra & her computer By Alessandra Bridge When I graduated from high school, in 2017 I received an OP score of 18* or below, only seven ranks away from the lowest achievable OP score. This is despite putting in the hard yards and having a predicted OP score of 9 or below. Receiving the Long…

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By Julia Clugston   Receiving one of the Long Tan Bursaries for 2019 was one of the most exciting things to happen to me this year. I come from a small town called Stawell which is located in the Grampians in Western Victoria. I have grown up on a farm my whole life and have…

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We wanted to get to know our board members a little better. Our board works so hard for AVCAT giving us their time, skills and experience. We asked them to tell us their stories and how that motivates them to give so much of themselves to AVCAT and the ex-service community. My name is Ken…

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Student Nurses in Vietnam – Alannah third from left By Alannah Brooks I travelled to Vietnam for a three week Nursing and Allied Health placement with Southern Cross University. I was placed at The Friendship Village, a residential rehabilitation facility that was founded for veterans, and children who are suffering from congenital defects as a…

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By Sharon de Loryn In November last year I was fortunate enough to head to Borneo, Malaysia to complete one the subject Studies in the Equatorial Tropics for my Zoology/Ecology degree with James Cook University. Under the supervision of world class JCU researchers such as Conrad Hoskin, Tasmin Rymer and Susan Laurance we headed into…

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By Adam Davidson I have always had an affinity with volunteer community service. It started at school with an assignment on community service organisations, this lead me to volunteer with the State Emergency Service when I was 16. I was a SES volunteer for five years, I learnt a tremendous amount about what it really…

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Brooke Douglas and Team at ANU By Brooke Douglas In late 2018 I was selected to be a part of the Southern Cross University Jessup Team. A group of five of us were selected to compete on a national level in both the written memorials and oral advocacy in Canberra. The Jessup is the world’s…

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‘To me, this Long Tan Bursary is recognition of Dad’s service in Vietnam. I am proud of my Dad’s service and I am grateful he came home safely, unlike others.’ By Catherine Allingham I would like to explain just why I am so grateful, and so proud to be a Long Tan Bursary recipient. In…

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