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QMWS Bursary Program, in affiliation with NCWQ, AMAQ and Mater Health

About The Bursary Program

To celebrate the 90th anniversary of QMWS, the National Council of Women of Queensland (NCWQ) QMWS Student Bursary Program was established in 2019. 

The program supports female medical students in Queensland who are passionate about health equity and gender equity in medicine. 

Three bursaries are awarded annually, each valued at $1000:

QMWS Bursary in affliation with NCWQ

QMWS/NCWQ Student Bursary

Inspirational role models and mentoring opportunities are instrumental in inspiring, shaping and supporting extraordinary careers. This bursary supports female medical students’ involvement in local and international conferences and networking opportunities, so that they may reach their full potential, achieve their dreams, and work towards truely equitable health outcomes for all. 

QMWS Bursary in affliation with NCWQ and AMAQ

QMWS/AMAQ/NCWQ Professor Tess Cramond Memorial Bursary

The career of Professor Tess Cramond, former President of the Australian Medical Association Queensland (AMAQ), as an anaesthetist continues to inspire generations of medical women. This bursary supports female medical students to attend an AMA or Medical Women’s Society event in order to foster leadership skills necessary to address gender inequity in medicine. 

QMWS Bursary in affliation with NCWQ and Mater Health

QMWS/Mater/NCWQ Bursary

Mater, as part of their commitment to reconciliation and the Makarrata Commission would like to encourage and empower a female medical graduate who identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, to further their medical career and/or leadership aspirations. This bursary is one step in a broader goal of the QMWS and Mater – to advance the parity of representation of First Nations Peoples in the Australian medical workforce, and in its leadership.

Previous Recipients


Sarah Gaukroger – Recipient of the 2022 Queensland Medical Women’s Society Bursary.

Lucinda Connolly – Recipient of the 2022 AMAQ (QMWS) Professor Tess Cramond Memorial Bursary

Julia-Rose Satre- Recipient of the 2022 Mater Health (QMWS) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Bursary.

Photos of the bursary recipients and the sponsor logos
Read more about the 2022 Bursary recipients


Jessica Ling – QMWS Bursary Recipient 2021

With interests in preventative health, primary care and hospital medicine, Jessica is looking forward to using her bursary to meet with and learn from other medical women. Through these experiences, she hopes to work towards helping all medical women achieve their potential.  

Lily Aboud – AMAQ / QMWS Professor Tess Cramond Memorial Bursary Recipient 2021

Personal and professional experiences have ignited in Lily a passion for health equity, particularly for those impacted by geographical isolation.  With a track record of accomplishments that is already impressive, Lily hopes to use her bursary to attend an international or virtual global health conference.  

Read more about the 2021 NCWQ QMWS Bursary program here.


Alvina Rathrod – QMWS Bursary Recipient 2020

As an active member of UQ’s Supporting Women in Medicine Society and the 2020 Vice President of UQ Medical Society, Alvina is already a seasoned advocate for gender equity in medicine and of health equity. Some of her key accomplishments include co-authoring a policy on gender equality in medical education and worked to improve health literacy among school students in Papua New Guinea. Alvina hopes this bursary will help her build on these ventures and continue to develop her skills as an advocate for gender and health equity.

Julia Chequer de Souza – AMAQ / QMWS Professor Tess Cramond Memorial Bursary Recipient 2020

Motivated by passions for social justice and altruism, Julia is inspired by Professor Cramond’s legacy to rise to the challenges posed by the current COVID-19 pandemic. A student at James Cook University, Julia’s rural placements have increased her awareness of the issues facing vulnerable communities. She hopes this bursary will help build relationships with potential mentors to guide her towards success with her future endeavours.

Read more about the 2020 NCWQ QMWS Bursary program here.


Naseera Naeem  

As President of University of Queensland’s Supporting Women in Medicine Society (SWIM), QMWS member and former UQ Representative for QMWS, Naseera was the inaugural recipient of the QMWS Bursary. 

The bursary enabled naseera to attend the Centennial Congress of MWIA (Medical Women’s International Association) in 2019 in New York. At Congress Naseera was a valued and active member of the Australian contingent.  

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