Annette Guthrie Bursary supporting higher health care education

When Annette Guthrie, a much-loved Patient Care Assistant (PCA) at St John of God Murdoch Hospital, sadly passed away at 55 with recurring lymphoma, her family made the decision to keep her spirit alive by helping others.

13 Jun 2022

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Established in 2019, the Annette Guthrie Bursary is generously supported and endorsed by the Beasley Family, and enables caregivers at St John of God Murdoch Hospital to undertake study to become a Patient Care Assistant (PCA) or to further their education.

Jade Walters, who was the recipient of the Bursary in 2020, said she was very grateful for the opportunity.

“The Annette Guthrie Scholarship allowed me to successfully complete a Certificate 3 in Health Services and Assistance (AIN) course with South Metropolitan Tafe,” Jade said.

“The skills I have learned through the completion of the course have allowed me to help and provide care to the patients on St Francis ward.”

“I love working on St Francis, love the people I work with, and am very grateful for the opportunities I’ve received.”

In 2021, the Bursary was awarded to Samantha Elford, who holds a dual role in the hospital, as a Room Service Attendant and a Casual PCA. The Bursary will help Samantha to complete her Diploma of Nursing at South Metropolitan Tafe.

"I am excited to develop the skills and knowledge to become an Enrolled Nurse and continue making a difference in the hospital" Samantha said.

The St John of God Foundation and St John of God Murdoch Hospital would like to thank the Beasley Family for their continued generosity, which has supported many Murdoch caregivers to further their education and to seek professional opportunities that may not have otherwise been possible.

The Annette Guthrie Bursary is not only an investment in our caregivers, it is also an investment in outstanding patient care and a stronger future for St John of God Murdoch Hospital.