Recipient of the Edward Barton Medal
In the 155 years since the University of Sydney conferred its first degrees, Sydney graduates have changed the world by governing countries, making transformational scientific and medical breakthroughs and exploring the furthest stretches of the earth and how we understand it.
At the annual Alumni Awards on 28 October2011, the University recognised alumni who have pioneered neuroscience techniques, improved food security in developing countries, and inspired young people from low socio-economic areas of Sydney to engage in tertiary study.
In welcoming guests to Friday’s Alumni Awards in the University’s Great Hall, Dr Spence said the 2011 recipients embody the University’s tradition of “passion, and consistent and unrelenting commitment to making a difference." He told attendees, “Our alumni tradition is one of which we are extremely proud. It’s a remarkably glorious tradition.”
Sydney Nursing School was thrilled when Nursing alumna Erin Law (MN 2011) was honoured with the the Edmund Barton Medal for Master’s by Coursework Achievement. This is a great honour for Erin and fantastic recognition for nurses within the University of Sydney’s alumni community and their contribution to making a world of difference.
Erin typifies the kind of Sydney Nursing School graduate whom we hope will go on to make significant contributions to health care. While a student at Sydney Nursing School she was placed on the Dean’s list of excellence in academic performance in 2009 and was active as a student representative to faculty and academic boards.
Erin is also extremely passionate about global health. In 2010, she won the Women’s Plans Foundation Award which is given to a student with a demonstrated interest in global health and an understanding of the role of family planning in women’s development in developing countries. In 2011, she was awarded the Hoc Mai Foundation Scholarship to enable her to undertake an additional clinical placement in Vietnam, working with trauma patients in an emergency department.
Erin is now working in Darwin at the Royal Darwin Hospital undertaking a Paediatric rotation as part of her New Graduate program.