Emily Thomson is a 20-year-old Wiradjuri woman from Parkes. In 2018 Emily was award the Shalom Gamarada Scholarship, which is a partnership between Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) and not-for-profit organisation Shalom Gamarada, too support an aspiring Indigenous medical students with their studies.
Last year she began a Bachelor of Medical Science/Doctor of Medicine degree at UNSW.
Emily grew up in Parkes, with a passion for tennis. Her talent in the sport saw her receive a spot at the Meriden Anglican School for Girls in Strathfield, Sydney.
Emily has participated in national tennis tournaments and was highly ranked, while at the same time completing her studies. For her HSC, Emily received Distinguished Achievement Awards in English Advanced, Senior Science, and Personal Development, Health, and Physical Education.
In a personal statement for her scholarship application, Emily wrote:
“My passion for helping people and sense of wider community spirit meant that, throughout my senior years, I used some of my spare time volunteering at weekly events that reach out to feed and care for the homeless. I enjoy a challenge, particularly towards a rewarding objective and although the medical profession is a tough career, it can be enormously gratifying, highlighted by the doctors I have spoken to during my experience and on a personal level. What initially drew me to Medicine arose from a childhood of wonder into the intricacies of biological science and illnesses, with generations of my family working at our local hospital, nursing homes and retirement village."
Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) Executive Director of Medical Services Dr Clayton Spencer said, “Emily continues to progress well through her studies and also maintains her interest and skill as a tennis coach, as well as playing for the UNSW team"
“In December 2019 Emily travelled with myself to Dubbo and visited Dubbo Hospital, our VCare service, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and also Narromine hospital, connecting with the medical staff as well as Shalom Gamarada alumni doctors, learning more about the health issues facing rural communities in the process".
As life changed for many of us through the world pandemic, for the majority of 2020 Emily has returned to Parkes to study and spending time with family and friends.
“My lifelong dream is to work in rural and Indigenous communities, particularly giving back to the Western NSW area where I was born and raised." Emily said.