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

Montana Chapman and Ben Edwards

Thanks to the generous support of Mrs Dolores and Mr Kevin Beasley, caregivers at St John of God Murdoch Hospital can undertake study to become a Patient Care Assistant (PCA) or further their education with the assistance of a bursary. 

In 2019 a bursary was awarded to Montana Chapman to assist her Diploma in Nursing at South Metropolitan TAFE. Montana has worked at St John of God Murdoch Hospital as a PCA since 2015. While working at the hospital Montana decided she would like to complete further studies and become a nurse.

“I’m so grateful for the support, receiving the bursary is helping me complete my studies by 2020, which was a personal goal.” – Montana Chapman.

Montana is due to complete her Nursing Diploma in December 2020, and will then apply for graduate nursing roles.“I want to stay with St John of God for a long time. I love working here.”

 Ben Edwards, St John of God Murdoch Hospital CEO, says the support from the Beasley family is valuable to both hospital caregivers and patients.

“Thanks to the generous support of the Beasley Family, our caregivers can access further education support, which overall benefits our patients, supporting better health outcomes.” – St John of God Murdoch CEO, Ben Edwards.

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