Zonta Club of Brisbane’s education awards are there to help women reach their academic and career goals.

They are also the key focus of our fundraising activities. So it was great to meet the 2021 Dr Helen Row Memorial Award winner Dr Sarah Cameron who attended our club dinner meeting in April.

Sarah is working at The Prince Charles Hospital as a resident and is passionate about mental health issues especially for young people.

At our dinner she talked about friends, fellow students she knows are grappling with severe anxieties and depression. And numbers are very high. 

Sarah, pictured above with Zonta Club of Brisbane’s Lesley Chenoweth,  admitted she studied very hard but never saw herself as an academic high achiever. She worked hard to make sure she passed! 

So, she was really thrilled and honoured to win this award. 

As yet, she is not sure how she will spend the $3000 award. First-year residents have no leave for professional development, so she plans to use her five weeks leave in November at the end of her first-year term to undertake further earning opportunities and is  looking at conferences and seminars already.

Sarah attended Sommerville House in Brisbane and she is aware of Zonta and our support for women internationally. She was involved with Zonta’s birthing kits as a student.

Sarah is the eldest of three girls and brought her mum Margaret to the dinner as a guest.   

The Dr Helen Row Zonta Memorial Prize was established by the Zonta Club of Brisbane in 1992 to honour Dr Row’s contribution as a pioneer in the field of child psychiatry in Queensland and as a charter member of the Club.