Country Victoria is crying out for more health professionals and people to work in agriculture.
Ella Bouman from Panmure in south west Victoria ticks both boxes.
It’s her dream to own her own farm and work as a nurse helping farmers be more aware of their health.
She has completed a diploma in agriculture, works at a Timboon dairy farm and is completing a nursing degree at university.
Miss Bouman says farming is her passion.
“Well my grandparents are dairy farmers, retired now.
“We’d always go play on the farm, I think that’s where it really came from.”
She says she would love to combine her love for agriculture, with her nursing degree.
“I also feel quite passionate about the health of the farmers. I’ve seen that a lot of farmers can neglect their health.
“Ultimately a healthy farmer can produce a healthy farm and healthy livestock.”
Miss Bouman says she loves the challenges that come with farming and hopes its an industry she is always a part of.
In particularly she loves the animals.
“It might sound silly but I really love the cows.
“We have a few that are very special to us.
“They’re not all the same, I really enjoy all the different personalities that come out. Even the cranky ones.”
Miss Bouman was a recipient of a Give Them Wings health scholarship in 2012. The scholarships are open for applications again this year.
The scholarship is a partnership between the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Rural Health Workforce Australia.
Source: Laura Poole, ABC Rural, http://www.abc.net.au/rural/vic/content/2013/02/s3697511.htm?site=westernvic