La Trobe student invited to South Africa

An outstanding La Trobe University public health and nursing student has been nominated to attend the 2009 International Scholar Laureate Program (ISLP) to be held in South Africa.

Sophie McEniry Golden Key (an international collegiate honour society that recognises academic excellence) nominated Sophie McEniry for the ISLP.  Ms McEniry was thrilled to receive the nomination, though conscious of the high financial cost.

Ms McEniry has a special interest in HIV/AIDS, which was kindled by a visit to Cape Town in her gap year, where she came face to face with the disease.

'I was with senior students from the Eros School for Cerebral Palsy at the HIV/AIDS Youth Summit in 2006. Students from 31 other secondary schools in Cape Town attended the day and my interest in HIV/AIDS grew from that event,' Ms McEniry says.

'This conference is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It means I can visit clinics and learn from people at the coalface of HIV/AIDS about the problems and solutions to this indiscriminate disease.'

Public Health senior lecturer, Dr Jon Willis, says Ms McEniry is an exemplary student destined for a bright future.

'This nomination acknowledges the high academic standards that Sophie has demonstrated throughout her studies at La Trobe University. Sophie is a remarkable student destined for great things in the international arena of public health and nursing,' says Dr Willis.

'I cant think of a more deserving student for this opportunity than Sophie.'


What?              Sophie will be on campus to meet with Dr Willis
When?              10 am, Friday, 30 January 2009
Where?             Health Sciences building, La Trobe University (Car park 4, via Gate 8 off Sharon Street)

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Zerin Knight, Media Liaison Officer, Bendigo Campus,
Ph (03) 5444 7375 F +613 5444 7526 M 0428 463 161 E