ACADEMICS and administration staff at the University of Notre Dame Lithgow rural clinical campus were delighted to claim Dr Kirbie Storrier as one of their own when she was one of a select group of female achievers to share in the accolades in the National Council of Women of NSW Australia Day Awards.
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It was also a particularly proud moment for Dr Storrier's family, a bright moment in the traumas of the long drought on their farm at Crookwell.
Dr Storrier is a recent graduate in Medicine who completed her final year of university studies in 2019 at the Lithgow campus of Notre Dame.
So it was with a great deal of pleasure that Lithgow's Professor Michael Brydon (Associate Dean), Professor Dr John Dearin (Head of Sub School) and Dr Zelda Doyle (Epidemiologist, Rural Clinical Schools) travelled to Parliament House to share the big day with their student.
"Kirbie certainly was a standout nominee and it was a joy to see her alongside such a prestigious group of women,"Professor Brydon said.
Having grown up on her family farm at Crookwell Dr Storrier is no stranger to the hardships that go with rural life.
She became acutely aware of the particular challenges which many in country areas experience and became passionate about rural mental health which has been highlighted by the prolonged drought.
Rural mental health has been the focus of her Masters Degree research project which is proceeding very well.
She has regularly engaged with Lithgow Hospital's Mental Health Nurse Specialist and the coordination of the local RAMHP (Rural Adversity Mental Health Program) who are assisting with the research she is undertaking.
Dr Storrier is currently in Dubbo completing her internship and plans to further her career in the country.
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