Moree’s own Pollyemma Antees awarded $7,500.

MOREE’S own Pollyemma Antees has been awarded a $7,500 scholarship from Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH).

SARRAH exists so that rural and remote Australian communities have allied health services that support equitable and sustainable health and well-being.

Mrs Antees started studying public health at university in 1996, at this stage she wasn’t sure what she wanted to do. Her degree included a subject in nutrition.

“My family also has a history of food allergies, so they had to go to dieticians. That’s where the interest came from as well,” she said.

Mrs Antees started studying to become a dietician at the Queensland University of Technology and has been working in the field for the last 15 years.

In 2002, she moved to Moree where she met her husband and worked with Joy Schultz who is now retired Credentialed Diabetes Educator.

“I have always had an interest in diabetes. Joy taught me a lot in regards to Diabetes Management.”

Mrs Antees received the $7,500 scholarship after she applied online with SARRAH. She had to answer questions like do you work in rural town, why do you like working in rural towns, why do you want the scholarship and how will it help your community. The next stage included letters from past and current employees.

The scholarship will pay for Mrs Antees to complete a graduate certificate in Diabetes Education and Management externally through University of Technology Sydney.

“The course is 12 months; there will be block placement and one week work experience.

“As a dietician I work with a lot of diabetic clients so I am doing the course to ensure I am provided the most up to date diabetes advice and management.

“I always get excited when through nutritional advice and lifestyle changes clients lower their HbA1C and cholesterol levels. HbA1c is a measurement of a diabetics average blood glucose levels over a three month period. Under 7 per cent is the goal.”

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