Congratulations Jessica Coolwell recipient of the 2018 E.J. Connellan Award

The Chairman of the Connellan Airways Trust, Mr. Mark Coffey, today announced Mrs Jessica Coolwell to be the winner of the 2018 E.J. Connellan Award. She will receive $20,000 over the four years of her degree.

Jess (nee Sullivan) comes from Cave Creek Station via Mataranka in the Northern Territory. Having completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences in 2017 she commenced her Doctor of Medicine with Flinders University in Darwin in February 2018 involving four years of full time study followed by a four year return of service obligation with the NT Government. Jess plans to become a rural general specialist so she can work as a doctor in rural and remote areas of the NT.

Jess says ”I grew up witnessing the many disadvantages people living in remote NT face and I am determined to be a doctor who takes primary healthcare to places most people don’t want to go and to bush people like my own family. I want to serve beyond the consultation room as a Territory community member to promote and enable preventative health and wellbeing at a community level”.

Mr Coffey said “Jess has demonstrated a strong commitment to assist people in outback Australia which is an important factor in determining the EJ Connellan Award. The delivery of health services in outback Australia is always challenging so we are very happy to support Jess in her endeavours to become a doctor with a passion to work in the bush as this epitomises the values of the Connellan Airways Trust.”
Jessica Coolwell

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