Successful Applicants

Vic Davis Memorial Trust Scholarship and Grant Recipients from 2010


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Siobhan Wilson

Born and raised in Whakatane and having travelled and studied overseas, Siobhan now works for the Bay of Plenty DHB and is studying for her Post Grad Certificate in Health Science in Mental Health, through AUT. The focus of her study is to review how recovery from mental health issues is implemented in local services and to look at ways to improve recovery outcomes for clients in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

Amy Lovegrove

Amy was bought up in Whakatane and has strong connections to the area. She enrolled in the Post Grad Dip in Clinical Psychology at Victoria University in March 2010 and her scholarship with the Vic Davis Memorial Trust is to support her as she completes this study. Amy's master's thesis examines childhood obesity and how best to engage parents in combating this. She is also a volunteer for Samaritans. Once she has completed her study Amy intends to focus on child and family psychology.

Fiona Gibbons

Currently based in Hamilton, Fiona lived in Whakatane for 24 years and raised her children there. She is a registered practitioner of DAPAANZ (Drug and Alcohol Practitioners Association) and has a solid background in study. Fiona's work experience is evidence of a consistent commitment in working in the mental health field and her current study is towards a Graduate Diploma in Psychology at Waikato University with the intention of completing her Masters, including social research within the mental health field

Amber Barry

Amber received a scholarship from the Vic Davis Trust to help her complete her training as a Clinical Psychologist. The eight years it takes to do this training has meant a challenging time for Amber financially, and she says "For this reason I am enormously grateful to the Trustees for this scholarship." The Clinical Psychologist training programme consists of practical clinical work, course work and a research thesis and Amber's plan is to graduate in 2011 and start to practice as a clinical psychologist.

 

Hannah Cleland

Hannah's 2010 scholarship was to support her in her 5th year at Waikato University, studying towards a Postgraduate diploma in Clinical Psychology, a qualification which is 7 years in total. "As a Clinical Psychologist I will have the role of assessing, diagnosing and treating individuals who have moderate to severe mental health concerns. My Master's thesis is currently looking at client's perspectives of the mental health services available in Cambridge, aiming to identify any gaps in service provision." Having a passion for young adults; Hannah plans to direct her career down the path of adolescent mental health treatment and promotion.

Neville Gibbons

Neville Gibbons

Neville is undertaking his Bachelor of Alcohol and Drug studies. He began the programme in 2009 and is due to complete his study by the end 2012. He undertook some training in the mental health field prior to this study. Whakatane born, Neville has a strong scouting background. He is currently working in the field of addiction counseling as well as doing his studies. "I am now focused on furthering these qualifications to enable me to become a better counselor and to gain more understanding in the addiction field," explained Neville. 
The Vic Davis Trust awarded a scholarship to Neville in 2010, 2011 and again for 2012

Linda Hart

Linda Hart

Linda Hart has undertaken her Bachelor of Counseling, at Bethlehem as an extra mural student. She has a strong guiding background and work history and experience in the field of mental health. Alongside her study she has continued to work part-time in this field to which she is totally committed. She received a scholarship from the Vic Davis Trust for the 2010 academic year

 

Dianne Hartemink

Dianne worked in the CYFS office in Whakatane before finding employment at Voyagers (Whakatane) in the mental health field. Her scholarship from the Vic Davis Trust in 2010 was to support her extra mural study through Massey to complete her Masters of Social Work including two papers, a research project (based in the Eastern Bay of Plenty) and fieldwork placement.

Fleur MacRae

Fleur MacRae

A Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy with The Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy,UK; is Fleur MacRae's goal. 
Play Therapy provides a safe and supportive framework for children to explore thoughts and feelings through the use of creative tools. For example: artistic mediums, clay, guided imagery, masks, movement, music, puppets, sandplay and storytelling. An early intervention with Play Therapy can reduce difficult behaviour and alleviate mental health difficulties by facilitating the development of emotional awareness and recognition of values, strengths and abilities. Play therapy is complete as a specialist service or as an essential part of a multi-disciplinary child and young persons' mental health team. 
The Vic Davis Trust awarded a scholarship to Fleur in 2010 and again in 2011

Janie de Malmanche

Janie de Malmanche

Janie has received a scholarship from the Vic Davis Memorial Trust to support her study in Otago Polytechnic's Master of Occupational Therapy, which she is doing as a distance based learner. Her plan is to complete her Masters by mid 2012. Her thesis research examines the value of the Kiwifruit Action Initiative (KAI - based in the Bay of Plenty) as perceived by those people with mental illness who have participated in it. Ongoing support from the trust will allow her to continue working only part time to allow for study time and parenting time. 
The Vic Davis Trust awarded a scholarship to Janie in 2010 and again in 2011

Maakere Marr

Maakere Marr

While working as a clinical social worker in community mental health in Auckland Maakere has also been completing her thesis for her Masters of Social Work. She is from Matata and much of her work has been in Auckland in the field of mental health, a field to which she has a strong commitment. 
The Trust supported her study in 2010

Harata Te Amo Simeon

Harata Te Amo Simeon

Whakatane born, Harata has a passion for this field of study and work and used her 2010 scholarship for her Bachelor in Social Work, through Te Wananaga o Aotearoa She is also in the process of establishing a Maori alternative Kura to meet adolescent needs and has goals extending past that. She has served on the Iwi Liaison Committee for the Whakatane District Council and is extensively involved in her community and marae. 
The Trust supported her study in 2010

Wiremu Simeon

Wiremu Simeon

Wiremu was born and raised in Whakatane and has been working for Mental Health and Addiction Services in Whakatane as a support worker, providing cultural support. He completed his Diploma in Social Work before applying to the Vic Davis Trust for a scholarship to support his Bachelor in Social Work studies through Te Wananaga o Aotearoa. Wiremu is very involved in his community, marae committees and with local youth. 
The Trust supported his study in 2010

Scarlett Teng

Scarlett Teng

Scarlett received a scholarship from the Vic Davis Trust to support her 2011 study for her Masters Degree in Mental Health Nursing via Auckland University. Scarlett works for Mental Health Services for Older People at Tauranga Hospital. Her study, based in the Bay of Plenty, aims to evaluate the information available to people looking after the mentally ill and to gain a perspective about what help these caregivers feel they need. She is also aiming to improve her drug related knowledge and the prescription of medication and its effects. Scarlett was successful in her application to the trust for further support for the 2012 academic year.

Dr Julia Rucklidge

Dr Julia Rucklidge

Dr Rucklidge of Canterbury University has been a recipient of a research grant from the Vic Davis Trust for 2010 and for 2011 to examine the effects of micronutrients on mood and behaviour in adults with ADHD. Current treatments are ineffective for many and have side effects, often leading to inadequate long-term treatment and there is a growing body of literature that suggests there may be a link to metabolic deficiencies. Dr Rucklidge has had seed funding and support from Canterbury University and the College of Science for her work. She anticipates data collection will be completed by early 2012. Her research is being watched with interest as it is potentially groundbreaking in terms of its impact. 
There are a number of media links relating to this work in the media releases section of this website.
The Trust continues to support Dr Rucklidge's research in 2012 where she will conduct a pilot feasibility trial to determine whether it is possible to give micronutrients to children with psychiatric symptoms.

Dr Aaron Jarden

Dr Aaron Jarden

Vic Davis Memorial Trust funding to Dr Aaron Jarden and his colleagues for 2011 was to support the establishment of The International Journal of Wellbeing. The aim of this publication to establish an open access, interdisciplinary journal to further research on wellbeing and in particular positive approaches to mental health. This online journal will centralise a whole variety of research and disseminate that to many people. The journal is website based so cost will not be a problem for those who want to access it - there is no cost to submit articles or read any of the material. The journal was launched in January 2011 and the funds from the trust will specifically support the first year's copyediting, layout design and proofreading. The journal is well supported by collaborations with institutions who have invested heavily in the infrastructure. 
There are a number of media links relating to this work in the media releases section of this website. 
The Trust has provided further funding to this work for 2012.