University of Adelaide
2022 Awardee

Amy Martin, who is 25 years of age, is undertaking a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) Degree at the University of Adelaide

Amy aspires to become a paediatric surgeon, combining her interest in anatomy and surgery. Initially starting her studies with a Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences in 2019 and 2020, Amy received straight High Distinctions in those semesters, while at that stage having one child under two years of age.

Since transferring in 2021 to a MBBS Degree, Amy has separated from her partner and is now a single mother with two children under four years of age.  Both children are in day care while she studies and works to support her children, notwithstanding a level of government financial support. 

Being awarded The Order of Australia Foundation Scholarship has gone some way to alleviate the financial stress arising from Amy’s being a single parent at the same time as pursuing her degree.

Notwithstanding the immediacy of her studies and caring for two small children, Amy has been the Gender Representative for the Adelaide Medical Students Society.  Prior to commencing her MBBS, she was also involved with the University of Adelaide’s writing centre, providing support to students with their writing skills.

In pursuing her career ambition, Amy is receiving the strong mentorship input of eminent Adelaide Newborn Intensive Care Physician, Associate Professor Dr Ross Haslam AO. 

Donor: The Riddiford Trust