Prize creates lasting legacy

Prize creates lasting legacy

An inaugural recipient of the Alicia Rose Doherty Memorial Fund Prize, Dr Burford-Rice has completed her Master of Clinical Psychology/PhD and is giving back in remote and regional areas of South Australia.  

“I initially became interested in psychology during my final years of high school. Throughout my undergraduate degree this interest was reinforced by the wide range of courses that were available and meeting lecturers that would eventually become my PhD supervisors,” Rose said.  

“Through volunteer work with Lifeline and the Australian Refugee Association from 2013-2019 I realised that I wanted to pursue a career in mental health and work with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

“I was further inspired to pursue working with Aboriginal populations and in regional and remote areas following a placement at the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress with the Social and Emotional Wellbeing team in Alice Springs throughout 2019.”

Career highlights

“I enjoy the challenge of working with families and children. Every day is different, and I enjoy the adventure of travelling to remote and regional areas, meeting new people and hearing their stories. 

“Presenting my PhD research to local and international audiences in 2020 is also a highlight. I presented the results of my PhD work at the Australian Refugee Association in April 2020, and at a seminar on Culture and Communication for Utah State University via Zoom in October 2020. 

“My PhD research investigated barriers to help-seeking for mental health services among women from refugee backgrounds living in South Australia. My research also explored resettlement stressors and challenges faced by women from the South Sudanese community including the detrimental impact of negative media and political depictions of the South Sudanese community upon mental health and psychological wellbeing.”

A message for our donor community

“This prize enabled me to accept an opportunity to complete a clinical placement in a remote area. This experience sparked my interest in providing psychological services in remote and regional areas. It also opened the door to career opportunities.

I am very grateful to all those who donated toward the prize. Thank you”

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