Johanna has always believed in social justice, so when she encountered a homeless man, she was astounded to learn that he had been a university lecturer only months before. It made her acutely aware of the vulnerability of us all as human beings. It led her to become deeply involved in community work through local and global fundraisers and awareness raising campaigns and also influenced her decision to study medicine.

Today Johanna Mousley, a medical student at Deakin University, has been awarded the George Golding Memorial Trust Scholarship 2017.

“I believe community service is essential to becoming a good medical practitioner. It assists in developing empathy, understanding, teamwork and communication skills. I have learnt so much about my local community through social justice work, and value the relationships and experiences that I have received through this work,” said Johanna.

Johanna was presented with her scholarship by Dr John Howell, Chairman of the George Golding Memorial Fund and Leanne Beagley CEO Western Victoria Primary Health Network.

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Pictured with framed image of Dr George Golding from left to right: Leanne Beagley, Val Golding, Johanna Mousley and Dr John Howell.

“The scholarship is in memory of Dr George Golding, founder and CEO of the General Practitioners Association of Geelong, now Western Victoria Primary Health Network, who during his life devoted his time and expertise to the education and mentoring of medical students, registrars and GPs,” said Western Victoria PHN CEO Leanne Beagley.

The scholarship recognises academic excellence and supports the development of stronger connections between students, general practitioners, specialists and the Deakin University Medical School.

“I have always had a strong passion for medicine, but it was only in the past few months that I became interested in focusing my efforts towards a career in general practice,” said Johanna.

“Having grown up in Geelong and being widely involved throughout various aspects of the community, I grew to love meeting different personalities and building ongoing relationships. I also grew to love having a sense of belonging to a community. I believe that becoming a general practitioner would enable both of these loves to be fulīŦlled.”

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